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Mackenzie Dern stays undefeated, shows striking improvements at LFA 6

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Legacy Fighting Alliance 6 played home to one of MMA’s brightest stars, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu standout, Mackenzie Dern as she took on Katherine Roy on the main card.

Known as a wizard on the mat, Dern’s grappling ability among the highest levels of the sport, thanks to her BJJ lineage. With her standup game still a work in progress, Dern’s abilities on the feet are improving with each outing.

On Saturday night against Roy, Dern did her best to keep her undefeated record intact, while searching for her second professional victory via submission.

Roy proved she would not be an easy competitor to take to the mat early on, forcing Dern to utilize her striking skills to score on the judge’s cards. With noticeable improvements since her previous outing, Dern looked more comfortable trading punches with her opponent.

However, the second round took place in Dern’s world, as she was able to get her opponent to the mat and work her way to full mount. From there, Dern would rain down hard ground and pound strikes while Roy did her best to fend off the damage. Towards the end of the round, Dern gave up the full mount to transition to a triangle submission but was unable to secure a tap.

The third and final round was perhaps the most competitive round with Roy ensuring she kept the fight standing. In doing so, Roy was able to land a few clean strikes on Dern until she was eventually taken down. Once the fight hit the mat, Roy did her best to lock up Dern to prevent damage. Ultimately, time would expire with Dern in a favorable position, all but securing the victory on the evening.

The judges rendered their decision for Dern to the tune of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

Dern, who missed the originally contracted weight of 115 pounds, must figure out if strawweight will be her home, or if a move to 125 pounds is necessary for the future.

Now sitting at 3-0 in her professional career, Dern is showing the ability to improve with each outing, not only in the striking department but her patience on the ground as well.

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Andrea Lee on USADA Drug Test Failure “You can get Suspended for Anything”

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MMA Latest spoke to recently signed UFC flyweight Andrea “KGB” Lee about her delayed UFC debut, and potential opponents on this season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Lee (8-2) signed with the UFC in September, and was set to make her promotional debut just a few weeks after at UFC 216. However, “KGB” was quickly pulled from her scheduled fight with Kalindra Faria, due to fighters with previous USADA violations having to serve a six-month period in the testing pool before fighting.

Q: I’m interested to get your thoughts on how things are going on The Ultimate Fighter: Season 26, have you been watching closely?

I have! I’m still glad I didn’t sign up for TUF, I’m happy I stayed home so I could watch from afar and continue to get my own training in. I’ve been keeping up with it, trying to study my future opponents I’ve already got my eye on some I would like to compete against.

Q: You decided to fight Liz Tracey instead of committing to the tryouts for TUF 26, but you said you don’t regret that, why?

I had already injured my back, so going into the house at that time with an injury wouldn’t have been smart. Secondly, I felt like I was already established enough as a fighter, most fighters on the show need help to be seen, but I already feel like I have a good following. I was comfortable fighting with Invicta and LFA until I got the call-up for the UFC.

Q: Can you please clear up why you failed a USADA test back in 2016, I believe it was revealed you took a diuretic, but you were unaware it was on the banned list?

Firstly, I’ve never taken steroids, I didn’t fail the test because of steroids and I was not aware that fluid pills (diuretics) were used as a masking agent.

People need to be aware that you can get suspended for anything.

I used the fluid pills because I swell and bloat a lot, it’s very uncomfortable. I didn’t realise people use them for masking steroids. If in competition you can get suspended for like ibuprofen and sleep aids, they’re always changing the banned substance list.

Q: You tested positive for the diuretic after you loss to Sarah D’Alelio, was the weight cut for this fight rough and did it hinder your performance on the night?

I took it for the weight cut for that fight yes, but I don’t think it hindered my performance. I was paranoid and thinking that I needed it in that moment, because I was bloating and retaining water. I didn’t think twice about it and took it thinking it would help my period and the fact that I was bloated.

Q: When will your six month suspension be over, and are you eyeing any specific dates/opponents for your UFC debut?

I’ll be done at the end of March next year, I joined the USADA testing pool right as I signed my UFC contract in September. I think April is when I may fight, we don’t have an opponent in mind yet, we’re waiting to see how TUF 26 plays out.

Who would you like to see Andrea Lee face in her UFC debut? Let us know below!

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Exclusive: Gilbert Smith issues statement after retirement fight

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On Friday, September 8th, Gilbert Smith competed for the last time in his professional mixed martial arts career. Smith ended his career by beating, his last minute opponent, Benjamin Smith by guillotine choke in the second round. The fight was Smith’s 19th professional fight and marked his 13th career win and 8th win by submission.

Gilbert had previously competed on TUF 17, the season was coached by Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen back in 2012 (although the show aired in 2013) and TUF 25. After losing to Dhiego Lima he announced on the show that he would be retiring. “Chocolate Thunder” later came back on his decision to retire. Ending his career on a high note at LFA on Friday.

Speaking with MMA Latest, Smith had this to say about the fight and his retirement:

“My retirement was, my last fight, was the perfect situation. It was the perfect fight, the perfect outcome, now I have the opportunity to go out the way I wanted to go out. With my team, my coaches, my friends, and my family around me. It was just a really beautiful moment and I’m glad that it’s done, I’m glad that I won, and now I get to move on with my life.”

The powerful wrestler ends his career having fought in some of the biggest organizations in MMA, and facing some of the biggest names in the sport. Smith’s retirement will be spent focusing on his gym and helping out some of the younger fighters.

“Just focus on my gym, be focused on building the next champion, and enjoy life a little bit without having to get punched in the face.”

The MMA world will remember Smith as a passionate, intelligent, and powerful fighter who competed twice on TUF, fought at Bellator and ended his career with a win against arch rival Benjamin Smith at LFA 22.

MMA Latest would like to thank Gilbert Smith for time, following his retirement.

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LFA 20: Bobby ‘The Wolfman’ Moffett to face ‘Nasty’ Nate Jennerman in Featherweight Co-Main

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By: Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)

(Prior Lake, Minnesota) Legacy Fighting Alliance 20 (LFA 20) comes to Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota August 25, 2017 for an action packed pro-MMA card.  The main event looks to be an entertaining welterweight match up between Chad Curry (9 – 1) and Nick Barnes (11 – 2).  Curry is a veteran of LFA and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA).  Barnes has fight experience with Bellator and RFA.

The main event has all the ingredients needed for a fireworks show. however it is the co-main event that seems to have gained the attention of the loyal LFA fans.

The co-main event features Bobby ‘The Wolfman’ Moffett squaring off against ‘Nasty’ Nate Jennerman in a critical featherweight contest.  Moffett and Jennerman are considered to be two of LFA’s top featherweight contenders.  These two featherweight standouts will be battling for the top position in the division, with the winner most likely landing an opportunity to fight for the LFA’s featherweight title.  Moffett trains at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona.  He is coming off a December 2016 split decision victory over T.J. Brown at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 46 (RFA 46).  ‘The Wolfman’ is hungry and hunting for his tenth win as a professional.

“We are shooting for a title fight with Aguilar,” explains Rick Guerrero of Mata Leon Management.  Rick clearly understands the high risk and importance of the fight.  As Moffett’s manager Guerrero assures MMA Latest News, “The Wolfman will be bringing it.”

A win over Jennerman would move Moffett closer to a shot at the current reigning LFA featherweight champion, Kevin ‘The Angel of Death’ Aguilar.  Moffett hosts a (9 – 2) professional MMA record.  He is a determined featherweight who brings to the cage a quality grappling game and top level jiu jitsu skills.

Nate Jennerman is on a four fight win streak.  Nate trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has a pro-record of (9 – 2).  He is said to be a 145 pound competitor who has proven himself to be one of the most exciting up and coming fighters in the Midwest.  The Sheboygen, Wisconsin native has won six of his nine victories by way of submission. Jennerman’s last fight was a May 2017 win over Damien Hill.  Jennerman finished Hill by way of submission via guillotine choke in the first round.

Legacy Fighting Alliance is an American mixed martial arts promotion that continues to expand in popularity.  LFA is the outcome of a merger between Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance in 2017.  Notable fighters that have fought for the promotion include UFC’s Sage Northcutt and Holly Holm.

LFA 20’s fight card is as follows:

  • Main Event / Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
    • Chad ‘Blitz’ Curry (9 – 1) vs Nick ‘The Phoenix’ Barnes (11 – 2)
  • Co-Main Event / Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    • Bobby ‘The Wolfman’ Moffett (9 – 2) vs ‘Nasty’ Nate Jennerman (9 – 2)
  • Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
    • Travis Perzynski (21 – 9) vs Carl Wittstock (9 – 1)
  • Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
    • Kelly ‘Blood Red’ Kobold (18 – 3 – 1) vs Christine ‘Knuckles’ Stanley (5 – 3)
  • Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
    • Jeff Peterson (7 – 4) vs Brandon Jenkins (10 – 4)
  • Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
    • Mitch White (3 – 1) vs Jesse Wannemacher (3 – 1)
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