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Ace grappler Mackenzie Dern improved her fledgling MMA career to 4-0 at LFA 24 tonight. This time, though, she showed off improved striking, dropping Mandy Polk with a combination of punches before jumping on Polk’s back and finishing her off with a succinct rear-naked choke.
The fight was contested at flyweight, with Dern having missed the strawweight limit in her last fight out. The inclusion of a new female flyweight division in the UFC has opened up possibilities for female fighters who were either too big or too small for 115 and 135, respectively. Within the UFC roster, that number includes such diverse talent as Paige VanZant, Jessica Eye, Valentina Shevchenko, and Joanne Calderwood. Dern isn’t at the UFC level just yet, but her submission skills make her a threat for any flyweight on the mat:
Mackenzie Dern is an exciting prospect for two reasons: her ability to twist people into pretzels, and her beauty. Like it or not, for female fighters, attractiveness remains an important piece in the puzzle that is stardom. Now, she has added raw striking power to that mix. While she is no Joanna Jedrzejczyk just yet, power is at a premium at women’s flyweight, and that could be a valuable weapon to have in the arsenal moving forward. It is also a huge improvement from her last bout.
Former UFC fighter and Houston photographer Mike “the Truth” Jackson interviewed Mackenzie Dern before the bout:
Don Frye shot his shot at Cat Zingano.
Holloway’s kid is adorable.
Me:Rush what's your favorite number?— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 14, 2017
Rush: Cause I turning 6 lol pic.twitter.com/3ga3OQSIKo
That’s an awesome fight. Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas is a gift to Jose Aldo, though. There are fighters out there for Aldo to fight that he hasn’t beaten handily already. Still, with Rafael Dos Anjos-Robbie Lawler headlining? That’s a superfight a couple years ago, and the winner is “guaranteed” a title shot. I look forward to December 16th.
I’m down with just using this art on the fight posters if it means we get Ferguson-McGregor next
Woodley’s podcast with coach Din Thomas:
I know I was wondering:
Please, let this fight not end in Bigfoot’s death or more irrevocable brain damage.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Not the only great head kick of the night either
The “good one” smile
Great submisison sequence here ... took me a couple seconds to realize who was tapping who.
Nikita Krylov ends former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton:
Nikita Krylov KOs Emanuel Newton cold in 42 seconds (FNG) pic.twitter.com/qgJbABkUbu— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 13, 2017
Nikolai Danilov TKOs Rashid Sirazhudinov in 1R (FNG) pic.twitter.com/EC3WYRtCvD— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 13, 2017
When you can’t slam your way out:
Daniil Erlikh chokes out Alibek Khabibulaev at Fight Nights Global 77. Lucky he didn't get Rampage/Arona'd. pic.twitter.com/AqKUfDKoeS— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 13, 2017
Liver shots are awful to take.
Ismael Barroso KO6 Fidel Maldonado. Liver shot. pic.twitter.com/1UuApqjVeh— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 14, 2017
Quick Hits and Good Reads
- Just how much authority does UFC have to grant USADA exemptions? Iain Kidd explains.
- You know, if you have to get an MMA tattoo, this might be the best you can do. This is art.
- Demetrious Johnson, Jens Pulver and Angela Hill are competing in a $200,000 TwitchCon tournament as “All-Stars.”
That’s how I would react too.
"You're a spic!"— Dre God (@Y2Dre_) October 13, 2017
This how we dealing with racial slurs going forward.
"Twitter do ya thing" is cancelled.pic.twitter.com/d27VLnrUJX
Check out this piece from MMA analyst and historian Dr. Patrick Wyman on the Knights Templar.
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