Mackenzie Dern he did not add to his record of dispatches but showed a different danger in administration Angela Hill in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Dern (13-3), a four-time world jiu-jitsu champion inside the Octagon who is the most successful in UFC strawweight history, spent most of the fight’s 25 minutes striking or controlling the canvas, the best position. make a tapout. But Phiri (15-13) defended bravely, resisting several attempts. Along the way, Hill took a lot of punishment, which was evident in his swollen face and a nearly closed left eye, but he survived until the end of the endless fight.
Two judges scored it 49-44 for Dern, and a third scored it 49-43.
“I tried to answer. I’m trying to find Charles ‘Do Bronx’. [Oliveira] it’s a lot to offer,” said Dern, referring to the former lightweight champion, who holds 16 UFC records. Gillian Robertsonwho has competed at both flyweight and stratweight, has the fewest wins among women, with seven.
Dern is seen as a professional underdog, but her stand-up game is what made her successful. His first attempt failed, but he countered to the canvas in the first round with a right hand that dropped Hill. In the third, Dern rocked her opponent with a lead knee to the chin.
Dern, who entered having lost two of her last three fights, let her hands get the better of her, racking up 126 strikes. Sixty-one of them came with dominance on the canvas, where she spent nearly half of the fight.
“I felt good,” said Dern, a 30-year-old fighter from Huntington Beach, California. “I got my information.” Hill, 38 and from San Diego, saw his two-fight winning streak come to an end. His last 10 fights have gone to a decision, and he is 4-6 in those bouts.
Later, Dern, who is ranked No. 8 in the ESPN strawweight rankings, called out the former champion. Rose Namajunas. “I’ve never fought a veteran,” he said. “I feel like I can have that opportunity now.”