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Report – Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres Added To UFC 273 on April 9.

A pivotal strawweight bout between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, the #5 ranked contender, Mackenzie Dern, and the #7 rated division staple, Tecia Torres has been booked to feature at UFC 273 on April 9. – with a location or venue for the event yet to be determined by the organization.

Headlining in her most recent outing, Arizona-born grappling sensation, Dern dropped a unanimous decision loss to Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 39 in October. The loss snapped Dern’s four-fight winning run.

For Torres, the 32-year-old is currently riding an impressive three-fight winning run, most recently defeating Angela Hill for the second time in her professional career with a unanimous decision success at UFC 265 back in August. Torres announced her bout against Dern across her social media.

A whopping eight-time gold medalist in World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition, Dern, a trainee at RUCA under head coach, Jason Parillo made her main event bow under the promotion’s banner back in October, dropping a decision loss to Rodriguez.

The 28-year-old Phoenix native had embarked on an impressive four-fight winning run prior to the loss, submitting Hannah Cifers, Randa Markos, and the returning, Nina Nunes – in between a unanimous decision win over former Invicta FC strawweight best, Jirna Vandiroba. Dern also holds other promotional wins against both Ashley Yoder, and Amanda Cooper.

Snapping a four-fight losing skid to former division champions, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jessica Andrade, and Zhang Weili, as well as common-foe, Rodriguez – Massachusetts native, Torres managed to take home a unanimous decision win over Brianna van Buren in June 2020 to begin her streak. 

Returning at UFC 256, Torres handed a one-sided loss to short-notice replacement, Sam Hughes, courtesy of a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO win.

UFC 273 is slated to take place on April 9. – with a featherweight title fight between reigning champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and the #4 ranked, Chan Sung Jung taking headlining honors. In the night’s co-main event, bantamweight rivals, Aljamain Sterling, and Petr Yan will unify the division titles.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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