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Mackenzie Dern just as curious as you are for how she'll fare at flyweight at LFA 24



After fighting at strawweight for her first three MMA bouts, Mackenzie Dern is hoping a change to flyweight will make life a little easier.

The weight cuts to get to 115 pounds weren’t fun for Dern (3-0), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler. She failed to make weight for her past two wins in Legacy FC and LFA. But tonight, at LFA 24, Dern gives 125 pounds a try against Mandy Polk (3-3).

LFA 24 takes place tonight at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The main card airs on AXS TV.

Apart from the easier weight cut, Dern said she’s just as curious as anyone how she’ll fare in the new division.

“It’s hard for me to say what I’m going to improve on now,” Dern told former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano ahead of the fight. “But I think just that it’s a new (weight class), that’s going to be a good test for me – if I try to stay at 125, or if I try to do the sacrifice to go back to 115. It’s going to be a surprise for me, too, how I feel my opponent is – if I feel she’s stronger than me, or if I feel good here. It’s going to be a surprise for me, just like everyone else.”

Polk is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who’s an RFA vet and IFBB professional fitness competitor. The 32-year-old made her pro MMA debut in 2014. The high-school wrestling coach was on a three-fight winning streak before a December loss to Katy Collins at RFA 46.

“From what I know about her, she’s a wrestler,” Dern said. “I’m a jiu-jitsu girl, so for me to be on the ground is OK. I imagine she probably wants to be on top and ground-and-pound.”

To hear more from Dern with Zingano, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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