Mackenzie Dern var tacksam att Amanda Cooper tog fighten trots att hon missade vikten med nästan en hel viktklass på UFC 224. Trots förlusten kunde Cooper trösta sig med att hon fick 30 procent av Dern lön. Dern berättade också för Ariel Helwani på The MMA Hour att hon gav Cooper 15% extra från vinstbonusen efter sin seger.
“I’m not surprised. She got 30 percent of the purse, which was my penalty — usually it’s only 20 percent, but because I was so much heavier it went up to 30 percent,”
“I think she was confident in the fight. I think she thought she was going to win and everything. If I was confident and I was getting 30 percent and we were giving her an extra 15 percent too — if I won I would give her 15 percent of the bonus extra too — I would have accepted the fight too.
“I was hoping she would. I was really grateful she accepted the fight,”
Efter matchen har det varit en hel del snack om viktmissen, men också massa memes och annat runt Dern. Hon själv tar det med ro och tycker till och med vissa saker varit rätt roliga.
“It’s kind of crazy. I see people putting hamburgers in my hands. I want to take it serious and I want to show that this won’t happen again, but with some of the memes and stuff I have to laugh. It’s kind of crazy.”
Dern fortsätter med att säga att hon inte tycker hon kände något viktövertag inne i buren.
“As soon as I arrived the UFC weighed us and I was 138 and she was 134 or 135, so as soon as I saw that it thought, ‘She’s almost my size’. I knew my right punch was strong from the times I hit hear, but I didn’t feel so much heavier or something. I wasn’t thinking about the weight anymore.”
Dern vill stanna i stråvikt och garanterar att hon aldrig kommer missa vikten igen.
“I want to stay at strawweight. Hopefully, with the help of UFC Performance Institute it will be a lot easier and it will all be under control. If they told me, ‘It’s not good for you to fight at 115’, then I would go to 125. I’ve made 115 before, three times, so I think it’s a better weight for me.”
“I can guarantee [that I won’t miss weight again],”