Surging UFC strawweight contender, Mackenzie Dern has claimed that if needed, she would be open to serving as the back-up replacement fighter to the UFC 268 co-headliner between strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili — which takes place on November 5. at Madison Square Garden.

In the midst of an eye-catching four-fight winning streak, Phoenix submission ace, Dern is slated to headline a UFC on ESPN+ 52 card against Brazilian Muay Thai striker, Marina Rodriguez in her first headlining bout under the promotion’s banner.

Last featuring at UFC on ABC 2 in April of this year, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu standout managed to take home an impressive first round armbar win over the returning Nina Nunes, landing at the #4 rank in the strawweight pile as a result of the victory. 

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Recently penned for the co-headliner of UFC 268 in November, an immediate title rematch between Trevor Wittman trainee, Namajunas and Weili, with the latter attempting to avenge an April first round high-kick knockout loss back at UFC 261.

Speaking with LowKick MMA reporter, James Lynch ahead of her pairing with the #6 ranked strawweight challenger, Rodriguez, Dern has claimed that it’s possible that she would serve as a back-up replacement fighter for Namajunas vs. Weili 2 if needs be after her October pairing with Rodriguez.

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Yeah, potentially — I mean, for sure,” Mackenize Dern replied when asked if she would consider serving as a back-up. “I mean, I’m training hard, like you said, I’m not thinking past Marina (Rodriguez), you know. But, I mean, I’ve been thinking about the belt since I got in line and since Moa was born.

All my training, we’ve been training for five minute rounds, we’ve been training for a lot of things since Randa Markos, since Hannah Cifers, you know,” Mackenzie Dern explained. “Who knows? No injury or anything like that, it’s definitely a possibility if my coaches are there, and we feel ready, we could take that last minute spot for sure.

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Notching her fourth submission win under the UFC’s banner against Nunes, Dern, a whopping eight-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, has bested the aforenoted, Markos and Cifers via submission — in between a unanimous decision win over former Invicta FC champion, Virna Jandiroba.