Set to do battle on the UFC 224 main card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cooper and Dern have continuously traded verbal jabs in the lead-up to the fight. In a recent interview with My MMA News, ABC discussed Mackenzie and what to expect this Saturday when the cage door closes. Check out her comments below!
Cooper is coming off a second round TKO over Angela Magana in her hometown. She’ll remember that fight as one of ‘greatest nights’ of her life.
“I did feel it was the greatest night in my life, Obviously the win was important to me. My fans are important to me. I spend so much time w my team my coaches in the gym and my family are one of my biggest long time supporters that I have. Being able to win and see the look in my friends, family, and coaches, everyone’s eyes being so proud of me and all celebrate afterwards in one room, it was amazing to me. I was nervous to fight in Detroit I thought I haven’t fought at home for so long. So many people are going to be there I was really nervous at first but as the fight drew near and near I got more and more excited, pumped me up knowing I had so many people supporting me.
Cooper told My MMA News’ Sean Lennon that one of the biggest changes in the leadup to the Magana fight was her mental state.
“I just really feel like for that camp I jumped forward to a big degree of levels for my training and my mental state and I think that the win in Detroit, my hometown with my friends and family to see was what I needed to keep this journey going and keep winning till I become top ranked to fight for a title.”
On Dern, ABC says she’s had her sights set on her for quite some time now.
“Yes I’ve been watching her for a long time because she was such a big name in jui-jitsu, when she came to MMA she’s beaten people and being doing good for the small amount of time she’s been fighting.”
As previously alluded to, ABC has not been wildly impressed with her adversary. In fact, she believes that Dern should have lost her UFC debut– a split-decision to Ashley Yoder.
“Her standup is so predictable it’s so easy to figure out, low level amateur striking. Her wrestling and her judo is not great, she has a very good jui-jitsu game when it’s on the ground and everyone knows that. But she’s a point jiu-jitsu fighter she’s looking for position. In all her other fights she’s trying to stand-up and in the Ashley Yoder fight I felt Ashley won.”
“I think if it’s the same Mackenzie who’s taking these fights is coming out to fight me it’s not going to be a great night for her. She’s fighting too soon and she does not have time to get better, she’s fighting every two months and how are you focusing on getting better when you have to train for another fighter? I’ve been lucky to have a little bit of a gap and still stay fresh and be able to get better.”
“You can expect a broken nose for Mackenzie Dern and a TKO victory by me.”
For the full audio interview, click the link below.
Source: Sean Lennon, My MMA News (click here)