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We have a pivotal fight in the Women’s Strawweight division, as Mackenzie Dern takes on Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres. Seeing a four-fight win streak snapped in a main event against Marina Rodriguez, Dern will look to get back up on the horse. Checking in at 5th in the rankings, with a victory, Dern may be one fight away from contending for the belt. Meanwhile, Torres will look to continue her career resurgence. Having bounced back from a four-fight skid with a three-fight winning streak, Torres is on the precipice of cracking the division’s top five.

As for a prediction, I have Torres winning. While Dern is one of the most dangerous BJJ practitioner’s in the UFC, her ability to get the fight to ground has often been problematic. Landing only three of the twenty-eight takedowns attempted, Dern has often relied on pulling guard or inviting opponents to take her down. Surprisingly, some have obliged. However, when Dern is forced to stand, she can be beaten. Given Torres is a solid striker, who can light you up like a Christmas tree with output, I’d say the game plan for the Tiny Tornado is rather simple. It’s really on Dern to get this fight to the ground, which as I stated hasn’t been easy. So with that said, I predict that Torres wins via decision.

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