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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