Mackenzie Dern has had issues making weight in her fighting career ,and Friday was no exception.
At the weigh-ins for UFC 224, Dern hit the scales at 123 pounds, seven pounds over the strawweight limit (116 pounds) for her fight with Amanda Cooper on Saturday at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The undefeated 25-year-old weighed in with over an hour remaining and did not make a second attempt.
Prior to joining the UFC, Dern (6-0) twice failed to make the strawweight, though one of those instances was changed to a 120-pound catchweight bout the day before weigh-ins. She successfully hit the strawweight mark for her Octagon debut this past March at UFC 222, where she defeated Ashley Yoder by split decision.
Cooper later made weight at 116 pounds. According to CABMMA (the Brazilian athletic commission) official Cristiano Sampaio, Cooper has agreed to fight Dern in a catchweight bout. The commission has also decided to take the standard 10-percent fine from Dern and award it to Cooper.
Further penalties were handed down by the UFC. Officials told MMA Fighting’s Esther Lin and E. Casey Leydon that Cooper will receive an additional 20-percent of Dern’s show money, bringing the total fine to 30 percent.
Cooper shared her thoughts on Twitter regarding the situation:
Not shocked @MackenzieDern missed weight but 7.4lbs over is a disgrace to all professionals. She’s not getting out of this fight that easy. Fight is still on. ABCNation get ready. #ufc224 strawweight vs flyweight tomorrow night in Brazil
— Amanda Bobby Cooper (@ABCnation115) May 11, 2018
Check out the full UFC 224 weigh-in results below.
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m ET)
Amanda Nunes (135) vs. Raquel Pennington (135)
Ronaldo Souza (186) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (185)
Mackenzie Dern (123)* vs. Amanda Cooper (116)
John Lineker (136) vs. Brian Kelleher (136)
Vitor Belfort (184) vs. Lyoto Machida (186)
Undercard (FX at 8 p.m. ET)
Cezar Ferreira (186) vs. Karl Roberson (185)
Alexey Oleynik (235) vs. Junior Albini (266)
Davi Ramos (156) vs. Nick Hein (156)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171) vs. Sean Strickland (170)
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET)
Warlley Alves (171) vs. Sultan Aliev (171)
Thales Leites (186) vs. Jack Hermansson (186)
Alberto Mina (171) vs. Ramazan Emeev (171)
Markus Perez (186) vs. James Bochnovic (186)
*Dern missed weight, but Cooper has agreed to a catchweight bout