Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is about to spice up its women’s strawweight division with the addition of regional import Mackenzie Dern, the much-hyped jiu-jitsu champion who compiled a perfect 5-0 record in the wake of her pro debut in summer 2016.
That’s according to MMA Fighting.
After mopping up the cage in Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC), which later became Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) thanks to a merger with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), Dern made a pit stop in Invicta FC, where she promptly subbed Kaline Medeiros.
Hoping to make her feel unwelcome is The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 veteran Ashley Yoder (5-3), who also made some noise on the local circuit before getting her feet wet in UFC. Unfortunately, her success under the WME | IMG banner was not unlike her stint on the FOX Sports 1 reality show, as “Spider Monkey” is winless in two trips to the Octagon.
That includes last July’s unanimous decision loss to Angela Hill.
Dern vs. Yoder is scheduled for the upcoming UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) event, taking place Sat., March 3, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, though it’s unclear at this time if their 115-pound showdown will be featured on PPV, or relegated to the FOX Sports 1/Fight Pass “Prelims” card.
Expect more UFC 222 fight card announcements in the coming weeks.