MMA Preview – Mackenzie Dern vs Hannah Cifers at UFC on ESPN 9

THE FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 9? Sunday 31st May, 2020 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 9? UFC APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada

What channel is UFC on ESPN 9? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 9? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC on ESPN 9? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

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THE LOWDOWN

The main card for UFC on ESPN 9 kicks off in style as Mackenzie Dern and Hannah Cifers square-off at the UFC APEX facility.

Dern is back in action after her first MMA loss. Dern is one of the most accomplished female Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners and continued her success into MMA with her only struggles being the weight cut down to 115 lbs. That was until she met Amanda Ribas who put on a clinic in taking her down at will and picking her apart on the feet.

Cifers is a little warrior and had four extremely tough assignments in the UFC. She received a baptism of fire on her debut as she was dominated by the bigger Maycee Barer but responded with two fantastic decision wins over Polyana Viana and Jodie Esquibel. However, she is coming off another TKO loss which was to UFC vet Angela Hill back in January.

THE PREDICTION

It takes a lot to put Cifers away but when it comes to Dern’s ground skills it can only take a matter of seconds. So, Cifers will try and keep the fight standing and offload her power to piece Dern up.

This will all come down to Dern’s takedown accuracy. She will have the weight advantage over Cifers and if the fight goes to the ground, Cifers will be in serious trouble and Dern only needs one mistake to set up a quick finish.

Winner: Dern via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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