Mackenzie Dern thinks she has what it requires to obstacle for the UFC strawweight championship by the close of 2021.
Dern (10-1-) picked up a significant earn around Virna Jandiroba on the key card of past Saturday’s UFC 256 pay out-for each-look at occasion. The 27-year-previous is at this time on a a few-battle win streak and thinks she has shown considerable advancements to her video game, specially with her placing, and could be set to problem for the UFC strawweight championship by the close of 2021.
“I’m really happy with my 2020. I could struggle for the belt by the stop of 2021,” Dern told UFC Brasil. “Of study course I preferred to combat someone forward of me in the rankings. I’m in no hurry to combat in January or February, but I’ll keep on instruction in circumstance I require to battle on shorter discover. Maybe I’ll struggle once again in March or April. Let’s see how the position modifications. Then it’s less complicated to see what’s a very good struggle for me.”
“I think that the girls in the major 10 will look at this Jandiroba battle and imagine that placing is the critical to defeat, since Jandiroba is a grappler and putting is her weak point. It was a shut fight. The only point I’ll preserve functioning on is my hanging, so if they feel my placing is undesirable, it is receiving greater fairly quickly. They’ll have a surprise. I wanted to be respected on the feet. I’m very pleased with my effectiveness, I showed it is harmful to stand with me. I have heart. It is tough to acquire me down, but I have no difficulty keeping on the ft if I need to have to. I really do not think everyone will want to struggle me on the floor.” she continued.
The reigning UFC strawweight titleholder is Zhang Weili. The 31-calendar year-old captured the belt in August 2019 soon after knocking out Jessica Andrade in the extremely first spherical. She went on to defend the title versus Joanna Jedrzejczyk this past March.
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