Mackenzie Dern is looking to break into the UFC’s top ten strawweights with a win over Nina Ansaroff on Saturday.
Dern faces the fifth UFC strawweight in Ansaroff and the two women share the common bond of being young mothers who are also fighters. While Ansaroff may be ahead of Dern in the rankings, Dern has more experience returning to competition after becoming a mother. She has already been through re-entering the competition after taking off due to pregnancy and knows what it takes to get back to normal.
“I’m very excited,” Dern said when speaking to MMANews. “You know, because it’s going to be on ABC, we’re both moms like new moms, and it’s great. She is still number five in the rankings and even though I was too, I am a little ahead of her, and I know everything that is going on. “
Dern has a point as he has now fought four times since the birth of his daughter, losing his first fight to Amanda Ribas in 2019.
“I was there like seven or ten months ago, you know? So it will really be a great experience to fight her, said Dern. “We have always had a lot of respect for each other.”
Respect already earned, Ansaroff is where Dern wants to be and with her experience as a mother and superior fighter, Dern believes her strength lies in everyone knowing that her best skills are on display. On the floor.
When asked how she thinks the fight will go, Dern predicted it would be a submission win for her. Dern feels Ansaroff has a decent submission defense, but after injuring his nose in his previous fights, Dern feels like his path to the strawweight title is to do what he does best and then repeat the process as soon as possible.
“Hey, I want to fight a lot this year and get the belt,” Dern said. “So the less damage possible the better.”
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