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Dern Eyes UFC Return In March…As A Strawweight

Mackenzie Dern is off to a scorching start to her professional mixed marital arts (MMA) career, going 7-0 including winning her first two fights inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon.

Though it’s not to say that the jiu-jitsu ace hasn’t had her fair share of troubles, specifically when it comes to making weight. In three of her seven fights, Dern has come in heavy on the scale, including missing weight by a whopping seven pounds her last time out at UFC 224.

While she did prove victorious, submitting Amanda Cooper in the very first round, the massive scale fail wasn’t a good look. But don’t expect her to move up to Flyweight, as ESPN’s Ariel Helwani recently reported that sources close to Dern have stated she will remain at 115-pounds.

Considered one of the hottest prospects in all of women’s MMA, Dern does have the chance to become a massive superstar if she keeps racking up the wins. However, another hiccup on the scale could hurt her stock (and purse), and eventually leave her no choice but to move up.

Nevertheless, Mackenzie looks to return to action in March, and there are several events lined up already that she can land on. Care to offer up a few suggestions as to who her next challenge should be?

Here’s ours.

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Conor McGregor Teases 2019 Return to UFC on Twitter

Conor McGregor has a history of keeping fans guessing about his career, and a recent tweet continues that trend.
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UFC Announces Return to London on March 16

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Friday that they will be making a return to the city of London for a Fight Night event on March 16, 2019.
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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Return Seems ‘Unfair’ But is Good For 205, Says ‘Lionheart’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is happy the UFC’s troubled light heavyweight son, Jon Jones, is returning from exile- even though on the face of it, it seems unfair he is rewarded with a title shot immediately.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”

The objection in regard to Daniel Cormier is one other fighters have made- that he has no intention of making the very tough weight cut to 205 again when he has the heavyweight title. DC himself hasn’t admitted that- he says if he loses his heavyweight title at UFC 230 to Derrick Lewis, he might just come back and upset the planned UFC 232 matchup between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Smith doesn’t think DC has any intention of doing that, and is just glad the situation will be resolved one way or the other, for the sake of himself and the rest of the light heavyweight contenders.

“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.

“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”

Anthony Smith faces Volkan Oezdemir tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Moncton tomorrow night.

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Volkan Oezdemir Believes Daniel Cormier Won’t Return to Light Heavyweight

On Saturday night, UFC Moncton plays host to two of the heaviest hitters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division when Volkan Oezdemir battles with the surging Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC Fight Night 138.
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Rising Women’s MMA Star Kayla Harrison to Return on New Year’s Eve PFL Championship Event

Professional Fighters League has announced an event in New York City for New Year’s Eve, which will feature six title fights and Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison’s third professional mixed martial arts bout. An opponent has yet to be revealed.
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Sergio Pettis to Return to Bantamweight Following UFC 229 Setback, Coach Says

Sergio Pettis appeared to have turned a corner at 125 pounds with a signature win against Joseph Benavidez earlier this summer.
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UFC Vet Manny Gamburyan to Come Out of Retirement, Planning Return in 2019

Manny Gamburyan has the itch again.
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UFC Vet Manny Gamburyan to Come Out of Retirement, Planning Return in 2019

Manny Gamburyan has the itch again.
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UFC Vet Manny Gamburyan to Come Out of Retirement, Planning Return in 2019

Manny Gamburyan has the itch again.
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