UFC 224: Mackenzie Dern submits Amanda Cooper with rear-naked choke

Frederick Owens
May 13, 2018

This is exactly where Cooper didn't want to be in this fight and Dern quickly makes her pay with a rear-naked choke that soon forces the tapout at 2.27mins of the first round.

Mackenzie Dern laid down some heavy leather on Amanda Cooper before earning a submission win.

After a few shots went back and forth, Dern uncorked a hellacious right hand that absolutely blasted Cooper on the chin and sent her crashing down to the canvas.

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Dern threw a hook and Cooper tried to respond with strikes of her own. Swarming in, Dern was able to get full mount before landing a barrage of elbows and strikes. Following her win, Dern dedicated her performance to her father, who was sitting cage side in Rio. "They called me like, 'Are you okay?' I said: 'Don't worry you guys, it's okay". Mackenzie Dern hit the scale at 123 pounds during early weigh-ins Friday morning and she will lose 30 percent of her show money, 20 percent of which will go to Cooper, with the remaining 10 percent going to CABMMA.

This is the third time Dern has missed weight in her MMA career, she came in heavy for two fights in Legacy prior to joining the UFC.

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