Standout grappler Mackenzie Dern is moving up to flyweight for a bout at LFA 24.
LFA officials today told MMAjunkie that Dern (3-0) will fight Mandy Polk (3-3) at the October show.
LFA 24 takes place Oct. 13 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, and the main card, including Dern vs. Polk, airs on AXS TV.
Dern, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler, made her highly publicized pro-MMA debut in 2016 as a strawweight. She’s 3-0, but in her past two wins – for Legacy FC and then LFA – she failed to make the 116-pound strawweight limit. The 24-year-old Arizona native, who scored a decision victory over Katherine Roy in her most recent bout, today announced her return at LFA 24 but didn’t state an opponent (via Instagram):
So happy to announce my next MMA fight on October 13th, for @lfafighting !! I will be fighting at 125lbs and best is that It will be in Phoenix, AZ so I am so excited to have all the support at my fight! Stay tuned for ticket info!! Let's do this! #cantstopwontstop
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According to LFA officials, Dern will first defend her -60kg ADCC title this weekend in Finland.
Her upcoming MMA opponent, Polk, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who’s an RFA vet and IFBB professional fitness competitor. The 32-year-old made her pro MMA debut in 2014. The high-school wrestling coach was on a three-fight winning streak before a December loss to Katy Collins at RFA 46.
The latest LFA 24 card now includes:
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