Rose Namajunas: Mackenzie Dern’s ‘Lack of Effort’ to Make Weight Deserves Harsher Punishment

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On Saturday night at UFC 224 in
Rio de Janeiro, rising
Ultimate Fighting Championship
strawweight Mackenzie
Dern
scored an impressive win over Amanda
Bobby Cooper
. Dern weighed in for the bout seven pounds over
the strawweight limit, which understandably drew heavy criticism
from fellow fighters.

UFC strawweight champion Rose
Namajunas
, along with her fiancee and trainer Pat Barry,
were featured on Tuesday’s episode of the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast
and voiced her opinion on Dern’s weight cut:

“That right hand she threw looked like it was a big ol’ girl
throwing that punch,” said Namajunas. “That was a heavy, heavy
punch, and that was from a heavy girl. And not to say that that’s
not her punch and that’s not a dangerous punch, but maybe that
would’ve been a little bit different had she made weight or at
least gave an effort to make weight.”

While Dern has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism,
Namajunas believes there should be more consequences for fighters
in place who blatantly miss weight in a sport where any advantage
can mean the difference between a win and a loss:

“I don’t know what kind of consequences…but I hope that it’s
something that’s like…come on, girl.” Namajunas paused, apparently
still struggling to find the words before repeating in a
flabbergasted tone, “Come on, girl.

“I mean you didn’t even have abs, girl, like, come on.”

Namajunas did however praise the jiu-jitsu world champion and
stated that she would like to test her ground skills with someone
like Dern in the future, provided she can get her weight issues
sorted:

“I thought, other than the weight issue, I thought she looked
great. I always wanted to test my jiu-jitsu against [someone at
Dern’s level] … that would be awesome. She’s just got to get her
sh*t together, and maybe that might be down the road.”

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