Mackenzie Dern is eager to continue climbing the straw man rankings and thinks a logical match awaits her.
Dern (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), who won a victory over Tecia Torres at UFC 273 earlier this month, is already thinking about her next fight and likes the idea of a pairing against Yan Xiaonan.
Discussed with everyone else in the top five, or Dern who has recently fought them, she sees Xiaonan (13-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) as the right pairing.
“I think Yan Xiaonan (is next),” Dern said during a recent interview on the “Believe You Me” podcast with Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith. “She is currently no. 5 (on the UFC rankings) and she had just lost to Marina (Rodriguez) by a split decision. We both lost to Marina. I think she will be a good fight. “
Dern, no. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sport / MMA Junkie sprint weight rankings, said activity and continuing her skills is currently the top priority in her career. She could sit and wait for the perfect fight, but Dern wants to keep adding experience to her resume, and if that means fighting Xiaonan number 8 rankings, then she’s happy to do so.
“I think she’s the one who will be most ready to do a fighting camp at the moment,” Dern said. “Most other girls will want to fight the losers of Carla (Esparza) and Rose (Namajunas) or the losers of Joanna (Jedrzejczyk) and Zhang Weili.”