Former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is not happy with Mackenzie Dern. Dern failed to make weight ahead of UFC 224 as she was seven pounds over the required weight.
Despite the weight issues, Dern’s opponent Amanda Cooper decided to go ahead with the fight and suffered a first-round submission defeat. With the win, Dern remained undefeated in her career and improved her record to 7-0. Cooper, on the other hand, slipped to 3-4 in her professional record.
Dominick Cruz opened up about the fight while appearing on the UFC Postfight show and said that the weight advantage was huge.
“That weight is a huge advantage. There’s a reason, ladies and gentlemen, why we have weight classes. When you’re seven pounds over a weight class, that is not trying to make weight. That is creating yourself an advantage to win. Because in the end, how sad was Dern about the weight loss or being too heavy? She was just happy to have the win,” he said. (via MMA Nytt)
Cruz went on to add that Dern was basically cheating by taking the fight despite being seven pounds over.
“That’s the point of this sport to win and when you come in with that big of a weight advantage, being a 45’er to a 35’er, being a 35’er to a 25’er, being a 85’er to a 70 pounder, that’s an advantage. That’s a huge advantage and it’s basically cheating in my opinion,” he added.
Dern, who gave up 30 percent of her purse due to the weight miss, had opened up about the weight cut and said that she will be remaining in the Strawweight division. The BJJ ace also said that she will be working with the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas to make sure that her future weight cuts do not produce a similar situation.