Mackenzie Dern will make a quick return to the Octagon at UFC 224 when she fights Amanda Cooper. This will only be Dern’s second fight in the UFC after her decision win over Ashley Yoder a couple of months back.
Unlike the case with Ashley, Amanda has already started trash talking ahead of the fight and Dern is less than impressed. In fact, Dern feels that Amanda is an easier opponent than Ashley Yoder.
“She doesn’t think I’m good at all, basically. It’s OK. I think that Ashley was a harder opponent than her. Ashley is like southpaw, tall. Most of Ashley’s losses by decision, never lost by submission. All of Amanda’s losses are by submission. So, I think the fight with Amanda is gonna be a good matchup with me. I think it’s gonna be way easier than against Ashley, who is taller and everything,” she said while talking to BJPenn.com (via MMA Fighting)
Will finish the fight as fast as possible
Dern went on to add that she will be looking to finish the fight as soon as possible.
“I think most people are gonna be surprised by the punches. I know they think like I click the automatic and you just go a little crazy. For sure, I’m a jiu-jitsu girl, but I’m not scared to punch. For sure, this fight I want to submit — like fast. The last fight with Ashley, I wanted to like stay standing up. I wanted to get the submission, but I didn’t have a rush to finish fast. But for Amanda, I want to submit fast. I’ll be in Brazil, I’m a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, I want to like show jiu-jitsu. So, I’m going to finish as fast as possible this fight,” she added.
Dern concluded by saying that Cooper’s comments were something that she did not expect.
“It’s the first person I’m fighting that’s kind of talking about me, so I’m surprised. If it was in Vegas, I think it would be different. But man, she’s fighting in Brazil and she’s like talking a lot. I think it’s gonna be worse for her. … You know the ‘uhh vai morrer,’ they’re gonna say it no matter what, but the more she talks, the worst.” The 25-year-old concluded.