The UFC returns to Las Vegas this Saturday after a week of “off” with an event practically “made in Brazil”. And Brazil with “z”, as the main star of the event is a Brazilian born in the United States and who has dual nationality: Mackenzie Dern. The strawweight faces Chinese Yan Xiaonan in the main event of the card, which has five other Brazilians in action: Francisco Massaranduba, Raoni Barcelos, Daniel Willycat, Netto BJJ and Philipe Lins.
Mackenzie Dern (left) faces Yan Xiaonan (right) at UFC weigh-in — Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
O Combat broadcasts UFC Dern x Yan exclusively live this Saturday from 4:45 pm (Brasilia time). O SportTV 2O combat.com it’s the Combat YouTube exhibit the Combat Warming and the first two fights at the same time.
Mackenzie is fifth in the strawweight rankings; Xiaonan is the sixth. The Brazilian-American has won five of her last six fights and one win puts her close to a title shot. She, however, admits that she would prefer to do one more match before challenging the champion.
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– I’m not in a hurry to fight for the belt. It will depend a lot on how I beat her. If I finish in, I don’t know, two minutes, great, that would be really cool, but I would like to have one more fight, because two minutes of fight you don’t have much to study, to see gaps, to see what you can improve , he understood? It would be really cool, maybe after this fight, if I win, to fight a former champion, like, I don’t know, Rose Namajunas, or Jessica Bate-Estaca, or even whoever loses between Carla Esparza and Weili. If I beat a former champion, I think it would put me in a better position to feel that I’m prepared to fight the champion,” commented Dern.
Massaranduba with a difficult mission
Francisco Massaranduba won his two most recent fights — Photo: Getty Images
Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo, from Piauí, is having a good time after moving up to welterweight, with two consecutive victories. This Saturday, however, the former TUF Brasil has a big challenge in the co-main event of the event: the Jamaican Randy Brown, 16cm taller and with an advantage of 20cm in wingspan. It’s also the last fight on Massaranduba’s contract and he knows a win would help with the renewal.
– My opponent is a very versatile guy, he’s good at boxing, good at muay thai, good at submission and he’s already beaten some Brazilians. But he got him a problem, and Randy Brown can hold on, because I’m going to go up to him like that – fired the Brazilian.
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Raoni tries to break fast
Raoni Barcelos smiles after hitting weight at UFC weigh-ins — Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Completing the triad that closes this Saturday’s card, the carioca Raoni Barcelos faces the American Trevin Jones. Both lost their last two fights. The Brazilian bantamweight changed team for this fight, now training at Top Brother MMA, and hopes to break his fast.
– I’m coming off the second defeat, but I think I’ve turned the page. What happened, happened. From here on out is a new story I’m writing. It’s a fresh start,” Raoni said.
Willycat, Netto BJJ and Lins also at the event
Daniel “Willycat” Santos is also on the main card. The Chute Boxe/Diego Lima bantamweight is trying to recover from the defeat he suffered in his UFC debut last April. Up front, he will have the American John Castaneda, who has two consecutive victories in the organization.
On the preliminary card, two more fighters from the Brazilian squad: lightweight Joaquim “Netto BJJ” Silva, who faces Canadian Jesse Ronson, and light heavyweight Philipe Lins, who faces Russian Maxim Grishin. Like Raoni, Netto BJJ is trying to break a two-game losing streak, and Lins is looking to build a winning streak after beating Marcin Prachnio in April.
Check out the full schedule:
UFC Dern x Yan
October 1, 2022 in Las Vegas (USA)
MAIN CARD (8 pm, Brasília time):
Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs Yan Xiaonan
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs Francisco Massaranduba
Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos vs Trevin Jones
Featherweight: Sodiq Yusuff vs Don Shainis
Married weight (up to 63.5kg): John Castaneda vs Daniel Willycat
Lightweight: Mike Davis vs Viacheslav Borshchev
PRELIMINARY CARD (5 pm, Brasília time):
Heavyweight: Alexey Oleynik vs Ilir Latifi
Lightweight: Netto BJJ vs Jesse Ronson
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs Brendan Allen
Light heavyweight: Philipe Lins vs Maxim Grishin
Married weight (up to 63.5kg): Julija Stoliarenko vs Chelsea Chandler
Bantamweight: Randy Costa vs Guido Cannetti
Mackenzie Dern is UFC attraction live in Combat