Mackenzie Dern is favored against Virna Jandiroba at UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno on Saturday, December 12 in Las Vegas Nevada. This event is one of three fights on the ESPN2/ESPN+ portion of the preliminary card. Dern is 9-1 in her career, while Jandiroba is 16-1 in her career. There are a total of five fights on the main pay-per-view card on UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno, with the headliner a bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card with three on ESPN 2/ESPN+ and four on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Dern and Jandiroba and UFC predictions.
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Mackenzie Dern (9-1, 4-1 UFC)
Dern came into the UFC with a record of 5-0 and she has four wins and one loss in the UFC. She defeated Ashley Yoder by split decision, Amanda Cooper by rear-naked choke submission, Hannah Cifers by kneebar submission, and Randa Markos by armbar submission; while losing to Amanda Ribas by unanimous decision. Dern has been a pro since 2016 and she has six wins by submission. She has five first round finishes.
Virna Jandiroba (16-1, 2-1 UFC)
Jandiroba came into the UFC with a record of 14-0 and she has two wins and one loss in the UFC. She defeated Mallory Martin by rear-naked choke submission and Felice Herrig by armbar submission; while losing to Carla Esparza by unanimous decision. Jandiroba has been a pro since 2013 and she has 13 wins by submission. She has eight first round finishes.
Jandiroba said this to sherdog.com about her upcoming fight against Dern, "It’s an MMA fight, not a gi jiu-jitsu match. I´m prepared for all areas. If the fight goes to the ground, it will be pretty entertaining for the fans. Mackenzie´s game is pretty [unorthodox], [while] my jiu-jitsu is more like a classical old school style. But I'm bringing some surprises for that fight too. She has a pretty similar game to Mackenzie and spent almost two month here with me in Bahia, which was really important in my preparation. I´m sure this fight is a turning point in my career, and I trained a lot in all areas to have another great performance and to take another step forward in the strawweight rankings. Saturday I have a hell of a challenge and my main focus now is my fight with Mackenzie."
Strikes landed per minute: Dern 3.07/ Jandiroba 1.22
Striking Accuracy: Dern 33% / Jandiroba 45%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Dern 3.66/ Jandiroba 1.52
Defense: Dern 64% / Jandiroba 57%
Takedown average: Dern 0.39/ Jandiroba 4.57
Takedown Accuracy: Dern 7% / Jandiroba 50%
Takedowns defended: Dern 0% / Jandiroba 60%
Submission average: Dern 3.1/ Jandiroba 3.3
I am really surprised at the price on this fight with Dern listed as a 2-1 favorite. I think this fight sets up really well for Jandiroba, as she should have the advantage on the ground. I don’t take that many underdogs but I think Jandiroba is the better fighter. I will take her to win this fight at a nice plus price.
UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno Card & Odds
Flyweight Championship - Brandon Moreno +270 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo -342
Lightweight - Charles Oliveira +139 vs. Tony Ferguson -168
Heavyweight - Junior Dos Santos +348 vs. Ciryl Gane -458
Lightweight - Renato Moicano +138 vs. Rafael Fiziev -166
Women's Strawweight - Virna Jandiroba +162 vs. Mackenzie Dern -196
Featherweight - Cub Swanson +134 vs. Daniel Pineda -162
Heavyweight - Jared Vanderaa +188 vs. Sergey Spivak -230
Featherweight - Peter Barret +303 vs. Chase Hooper -390
Featherweight - Gavin Tucker +134 vs. Billy Quarantillo -162
Middleweight - Ronaldo Souza -107 vs. Kevin Holland -117
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