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The Andrews Report – Mackenzie Dern firmly on the UFC’s radar

Jiu-Jitsu star Mackenzie Dern’s (3-0-0) recent accomplishments in the cage have not gone unnoticed by the world biggest MMA company.

Speaking with, UFC president Dana White acknowledged the 23-year-old strawweight star is in his sights.

Since moving over to MMA, the combat sports world has watched intently as Dern racked up her third win in the cage, most recently over Katherine Roy at Legacy Fight Alliance 6 in San Antonio, Texas.

A concern some have expressed is the fact that Dern has now missed weight for the second consecutive time. Making weight consistently is likely critical to Dern being successful in the UFC.

Still, its hard to ignore Dern’s potential – like the impressive submission of Montana Stewart at LFC 61.

There is always the option of Bellator’s flyweight division. Dern vs Ilima-Lei MacFarlane would be a great matchup at 125 pounds.

Should Dern compete in Bellator at 125 or in the UFC at 115?

Lucie Pudilova lost her UFC debut last night at London’s UFC Fight Night 107, but she earned the respect of her opponent Lina Lansberg.

In a moment of genuine octagon honesty – once displayed by Joe Lauzon – Lansberg praised Pudilova and said she thought she won the fight.

I for one, appreciated Lansberg’s candor.

In case you missed this:

Invicta FC 22 is this Saturday March 25! MMA Crossfire will have a live blog covering the entire card.

Finally, March 22 is the seventh anniversary of MMA Crossfire. I’d like to thank the Crossfire Nation for sticking with us as we continue to grow and “Dare to be Different.”


Silvania Monteiro – @SilvaniaMMA

Lucie Pudilova – @LuciePudilova

Tessa Simpson – @TessaSimpsonMMA

See you next week!


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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