Cooper Says Dern Is A "Disgrace", But Will Take Catchweight Fight

Amanda Cooper

Considering Cooper is now essentially a "strawweight vs flyweight", it's no wonder Cooper is perturbed with Dern's extra 7.4 pounds. "The reason I chose to still fight is because I worked too hard to have this opportunity taken from me, I'm a fighter, it's what I live for". Dern missed weight by seven pounds, which is why this match-up wasn't contested at strawweight.

As a result of the missed weight, 30 percent of Dern's purse will be awarded to Cooper, and the fight will still take place at a catchweight.

Cooper won her last fight in her hometown of Detroit, knocking out Angela Magana at UFC 218.

Make what you will of her weigh-in on Friday, but on Saturday night Mackenzie Dern put her skills on display.


The 26-year-old Cooper has a career record of 4-3.

The brash UFC welterweight, who will fight Rafael dos Anjos for the promotions interim 170-pound title at June's UFC 225 event in Chicago, was not alone in his critizism of Dern.

Short left for Cooper as the two step into range.

"When I got here, I was okay, but the people in the UFC, they were a little bit anxious", Dern told MMA Junkie earlier this week. Dern followed up shortly afterward with another big right hand, dropping Cooper. Attempting to get out of harm's way, Cooper rolled but gave up her back to Dern who immediately locked in a rear-naked choke forcing Cooper to tap out.

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