UFC fighter Mackenzie Dern recently spoke to MMA Junkie. Dern will be returning to the octagon this Saturday as part of the Vettori vs Holland card for UFC on ABC 2.
‘I definitely think I am at the right structure in my life,’ Dern said during UFC on ABC 2Â media day at the UFC Apex. ‘I have the right support that I need.”
“Since my pregnancy, I think a big thing I was saying was that I kind of lost a lot of muscle” Mackenzie Dern continued. “And that I wanted to eventually gain that muscle, so this was the first camp that I felt like, ’˜OK, my boxing, my striking, I’m getting to a good level.”
“My grappling is staying sharp” Dern added. “Now I’m ready to add one more responsibility to my camp.”
Mackenzie Dern on Title Aspirations
Mackenzie Dern finished by talking about her chances in the Strawweight division. Dern makes it clear that she’s laser focused on moving up the rankings to get herself a title shot.
‘I believed it (before), but it wasn’t like a focus for me,’ Dern noted. ‘Like, of course you want to go fight, but for me, it was just to make money and kind of have that celebrity life, you know, and go party after, you know?”
“It’s just by myself, and I was kind of just enjoying the moment as it comes” Dern said. “I didn’t think to take fighting as a strategy-wise, ’˜OK, who should I fight next? How do I go up the rankings?’”
“It was just kind of the UFC, the public was doing it all for me, you know” Dern stated. “And then now, after my loss and the pregnancy, I had to take control of my career and start to figure out what I want, you know, and now I’m just focused on the belt.”
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