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08 May 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Mackenzie Dern vs Amanda Cooper at UFC 224

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 224? Sunday 13th May, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 224? Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What channel is UFC 224 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 224? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 224? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Mackenzie Dern is a tremendous talent and is fighting in familiar territory after building a very successful Jiu-Jitsu career out of Brazil. A world Jiu-Jitsu champion and at just 25 years old, she has already amassed an unbeaten MMA record of 6-0.

However, now she is in the UFC, the competition will get tougher and tougher and after scraping a decision over Ashley Yoder in her UFC debut, she now has another difficult challenge in Amanda Cooper. Cooper is also a youngster but she has had four UFC fights and competed in The Ultimate Fighter which is priceless experience.

She is also coming off the best performance of her career by taking down, over-powering and finishing Angela Magana off with a TKO which will fuel her confidence.

THE PREDICTION

Cooper will look to build on that win but if she takes Dern down, it will be a completely different fight. Dern will welcome being taken down as she has the ability to finish the fight from anywhere on the ground. Her skills on the mat are unrivalled in the division but there are weaknesses on the feet that Cooper has to expose.

Cooper has the power advantage and has to keep the fight on the feet. So, she will hope to inflict all the damage in the clinch or from a distance to dent Dern’s perfect record. However, Dern’s submission threat is impossible to ignore.

Winner: Dern via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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