• UFC strawweight fighter Mackenzie Dern fought Amanda Ribas four months after giving birth
  • Dern said she doesn't regret fighting a bit soon after childbirth
  • Dern is set to face Hannah Cifers at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns

A female UFC fighter said she doesn’t regret fighting inside the octagon for three full rounds four months after giving birth.

Mackenzie Dern is a strawweight fighter under the UFC banner. She has an impressive MMA record of seven wins and one loss, with 57% of wins coming by way of submission. However this was not the reason Dern’s name is being talked about in the UFC.

The 27-year-old gave birth to her daughter Moa on June 9 last year. After just four months after giving birth, she somehow managed to get back into fighting shape to take on Amanda Ribas on Oct. 12 at UFC Fight Night 161.

It could have been a remarkable part of Dern’s UFC career but unfortunately, the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu expert lost the fight via unanimous decision after getting battered in a stand-up fight. Now that Dern is once again set to step inside the octagon on Saturday against Hannah Cifers, she recently revealed that she doesn’t blame the short four-month break after childbirth for her devastating loss.

"No, definitely not. I felt good for the fight. I was prepared. lost but ya know I don't think it was because it was too soon. I think Amanda (Ribas) was just better than me that night and she came out with the win and I came out with the loss and that's it," Dern told TMZ Sports when asked about fighting just four months after giving birth.

Dern really has no regrets about it at all and even stated that if she had just won the fight, she would’ve been happy to be scheduled for another fight sooner.

"I don't regret coming back at that time. I wish it was a win because then I could of maybe fought sooner again but I'm just happy to be able to be fighting now," Dern added.

MacKenzie Dern
MacKenzie Dern is a professional female MMA fighter fighting under the UFC banner. Getty Images/Jeff Bottari

Dern is considered as one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu female parctioners in the world. Ahead of the fight against Cifers, Dern revealed that she will rely on her expertise and take the fight to the ground as early as possible. As expected, her biggest motivation coming into the fight is her daughter. The submission artist even said that she is looking forward to “get home to go see her daughter with no cuts or bruises."

Dern vs. Cifers is the first fight in the main card of UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns. It will be headlined by the return of Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, who will take Gilbert Burns after one year lay-off since losing to UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in March 2019.