Mackenzie Dern has won both of her fights in the UFC, but the Brazilian did come in seven pounds overweight for a submission win over Amanda Cooper at UFC 224.
Despite the weight miss and lack of UFC experience, voters awarded Dern the #15 spot in the UFC Women’s Strawweight Division rankings and some fighters aren’t very happy with that.
That first fighter is Angela Hill, who was bumped out of the rankings in order to make room for the recently overweight Dern. Hill expressed her feelings through Twitter:
Well this is a big fat slap in the face. I’ve fought top competition, beat #14 and the rankings finally grace me with #15 ranking, just to get bumped by a fucking Flyweight. pic.twitter.com/ZYlP5Ogs6w— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 17, 2018
The other fighter who is angry with Dern being in the rankings is #8 Felice Herrig, who also shared her thoughts through Instagram:
I’m going to weigh in on the @ufc #strawweight rankings with at least 7.5lbs of factual perspective: 1- For the most part 1-5 are pretty accurate across all weight divisions, but after that the rankings are a crap shoot. 2- These days hype trains seem to be gifted rankings over actually having to fight to the top. 3- #McenzieDern misses weight by 7.5 pounds, which makes her closer to a #Flyweight than strawweight. She beats an unranked fighter and takes @angieoverkill well earned #15 spot when her only actual win in the ufc as a #straweight was to #Ashleyyoder. McEnzie won by a very close split decision, while Angela won unanimously. So why does Angela get bumped?? 4- Justine Kish isn’t even in the top 15, although she beat #14 #NinaAnsaroff unanimously and #11 #RandaMarkos. Justine did move up to Flyweight but so did #calderwood. So why is Calderwood even in the rankings anymore? 5- If #waterson is #7 & I’m #8 then 9,10 & 11 are all out of order… 6- I beat #Grasso unanimous decision , I beat #casey split. Waterson beats casey split decision. Casey finishes Markos, while Grasso takes her to split. So the rankings should actually be: #7 Waterson #8 Herrig #9 Casey #10 Grasso #11 Markos Even if Dern made weigh there is no factual reasoning as to why or how she could take Angela’s spot other than a massive glitch in the matrix. LBD out!
Hill holds a 3-4-0 record in the UFC and is a former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion, while Herrig is 5-2-0 under the UFC banner. Dern is 2-0-0 in UFC competition, but has also missed weight for three of her seven professional MMA bouts.
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