Mackenzie Dern Set to Return to UFC Action Against Tecia Torres Targeted for Late Spring in 2022

Published 12/31/2021, 8:01 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Mackenzie Dern poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


After wrapping up the successful financial year 2021, UFC honchos are preparing an even better schedule for the next year. Recently, the UFC reported several fight cards for its pay-per-view events in February and March. Meanwhile, the first fight for an unnamed UFC event in late spring has been out. Reportedly, a strawweight clash between UFC star Mackenzie Dern and 115 -pounds standout Tecia Torres is in the works.

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MMA Ideas reported the news first, which was later confirmed by WMMA Rankings. Notably, Tecia Torres is coming off a victory majority decision to win over Angela Hill at UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane. At present, the Florida native is riding on a three-fight winning streak, with remarkable wins over Brianna Van Buren, Sam Hughes, and Angela Hill. ‘The Tiny Tornado’ made her UFC debut back in 2014 and currently has 13 wins and 5 losses registered in her MMA career.

 

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Contrastingly, Dern got her impressive four-fight winning streak snapped by Marina Rodriguez in their encounter at UFC Fight Night 189. Dern lost to strawweight #3 in the event’s headliner via a unanimous decision. Before their bout, Dern held notable victories over Nina Nunes, Virna Jandiroba, Randa Markos, and Hannah Cifers.

Dern is currently 11-2 in her MMA career and believes if she focuses on her herself she can take out anyone in the top 5 clubs of the strawweight division.

Mackenzie Dern believes she can take beat anyone in the top 5

Top strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern lost the second fight of her MMA career against Marina Rodriguez. However, the 28-year-old believes that the loss was really ‘important’ for her. And if she truly focuses on herself, she can defeat her top competitors.

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Dern made the claims in conversation with MMA fighting, and also insisted that this loss was a ‘good moment. “I think it was really important this loss because I don’t think I was ready. At the time, I thought I was ready. But once I realized I lost, it’s OK. This loss was at a good moment.” Mackenzie Dern said.

“Honestly, now I think whoever is in the top five, I think I can beat any of them. Obviously, I can’t make mistakes or things like that, but I think Mackenzie focused, training can beat any of the girls no matter what, no matter who’s got the belt. So, we’ll be prepared.” She continued.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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