Over the last week we’ve seen a mixed bag of Mackenzie Dern comments. on one had she’s undoubtedly a star on the rise with that shining performance against Amanda Cooper. Still her basically being in another weight class during the match certainly raised doubts. Dominick Cruz for one believes this was somewhat intentional case of cheating:
“That weight is a huge advantage,” Cruz said of Dern’s failed weight cut, per MMA NYTT’s Damon Martin. “There’s a reason, ladies and gentlemen, why we have weight classes. When you’re seven pounds over a weight class, that is not trying to make weight. That is creating yourself an advantage to win. Because in the end, how sad was Dern about the weight loss or being too heavy? She was just happy to have the win.
“That’s the point of this sport to win and when you come in with that big of a weight advantage, being a 45’er to a 35’er, being a 35’er to a 25’er, being a 85’er to a 70 pounder, that’s an advantage. That’s a huge advantage and it’s basically cheating in my opinion.”
"When you come in with that big of a weight advantage… it's basically cheating in my opinion." – Dominick Cruz on Mackenzie Dern. pic.twitter.com/sONQ5Qs4lt
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) May 13, 2018
Due to this much of an advantage the commission gave Cooper 30% of Derns fight purse. Initially that was 20% but the commission opted to give her the 10% they could’ve kept.
Since the stunning victory Dern has remained mum on the subject having said all she had at the post fight presser.