Mackenzie Dern wants to fight for the women’s strawweight title next if she beats Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 39 this weekend. If he wins, Dern is likely to fight the winner of the upcoming Rose Namajunas-Zhang Weili rematch at UFC 268.
According to Mackenzie Dern, he would have intriguing battles with either ‘Thug Rose’ or Weili in a possible title fight. Both Namajunas and Zhang have certain holes in their game that Dern hopes he can exploit.
After fighting Rodriguez on Saturday, Mackenzie Dern thinks she will have a better idea of who she wants to fight for the title with between Zhang and Namajunas. Regardless, Dern confirmed that he will definitely call the title fight if he wins at UFC Vegas 39, speaking to TMZ Sports, Dern said:
“For sure we will ask for that belt after this fight, so it’s really very important. I think this fight will tell me how I would fare with them. Marina is longer than me, she’s a little bit similar to Rose, she’s a little bit taller. and she has her kicks and punches, hard punches, things like that. They both have some ground play. I think it’s always more difficult, you know, as a fighter, I prefer to fight someone like Marina, who is more like, totally surprising and with very little ground play than people who know what they are doing. I think Zhang Weili, who has a background in judo with a good base, is a bit more difficult to take down. Even when they take them down, they are like I know what they are doing. Rose too, she wears flying armbands and things like that, so I’m definitely confident on the ground against anyone, but I think how I do it with Marina will tell me that maybe I’d rather fight someone a little shorter like Zhang. Weili, I don’t. I know. I close the distance with al Someone like Rose, but yeah, I’m ready to fight both of you. “
Mackenzie Dern is currently one of the best female strawweights on the planet.
Mackenzie Dern is currently ranked No. 4 in the women’s strawweight division and No. 12 on the women’s pound-for-pound list. Dern has a near-perfect 11-1 record as a professional fighter and is on an impressive four-game win streak heading into the fight against Rodriguez.
Dern has won six of the seven fights inside the Octagon. In her last fight, she defeated Nina Nunes via submission in the first round.