“This fight is the biggest learning experience for me,” Mackenzie Dern reflects on her loss at the main event of UFC Vegas 39

Mackenzie Dern reflects on her loss against Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 39 and vows to make a stronger comeback.

Mackenzie Dern and Marina Rodriguez
Mackenzie Dern and Marina Rodriguez

The number 4th ranked UFC women’s strawweight fighter, Mackenzie Dern entered the Octagon to face the number 6th ranked women’s strawweight fighter, Marina Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Vegas 39. This was Dern’s first main event fight in her UFC career and she faced a unanimous decision loss in this one.

Mackenzie Dern is a jiu-jitsu specialist and she had a really good second round in the fight, where she was able to keep Rodriguez on the mat for around 4 minutes. But apart from that round, Marina Rodriguez won all the other rounds in a dominating way and won the fight by a score of 49-46 on each judge’s scorecard.

Dern was the betting favorite entering into this fight but Rodriguez turned the odds in her favor after the third round and ended up winning this one. With this win, Marina Rodriguez will move closer to getting the title shot and Mackenzie Dern will go back again in the mix.

In her latest Instagram post, Dern reflects on her loss by saying, “Thank you everyone for all the support! Yesterday wasn’t the result I was training for, but this fight is the biggest learning experience for me! Now I have a lot to look back on and fix to become a better fighter!”

“For sure a submission would have been great but to have these rounds for me to work on is such a blessing! Congrats Marina for the win! I hope you guys enjoyed the fight and thanks Dana White for the FOTN Thank you to my family, my team, my friends and everyone who continues to support me! Letssss gooo!”

Marina Rodriguez also thanked Mackenzie Dern for giving her a tough competition

Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern
Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern

After going toe to toe with each other for five rounds, Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern showed the utmost respect for each other. The crowd gave a standing ovation to both of them and Rodriguez also thanked Dern for providing her this opportunity by commenting on the same post and saying,

“Thank you for the 5 rounds, Mackenzie Dern! I’m sure this fight brought a lot of evolution for both of us and it will make a big difference in near future.”

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