Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres booked for April 9


The ranked straw weights are set to face off at UFC 273.

Mackenzie Dern (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Tecia Torres (13-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) on April 9 at the pay-per-view event which has no location or announced venue.

MMA Junkie has confirmed the fight with two people familiar with the situation. Torres announced on Wednesday on Twitter that the fight was reserved.

Dern will be looking to bounce back from her unanimous decision loss to Marina Rodriguez in her first UFC headliner last October. Prior to that, the jiu-jitsu ace had four straight wins, three by submission in the first round. Dern has also won four bonuses in his last five fights.

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Meanwhile, Torres is enjoying his best run in years. After losing four back-to-back fights from 2018 to 2019, Torres rebounded with a three-game winning streak, recently beating Angela Hill for the second time at UFC 265 in August.

With the addition, the UFC April 9 lineup includes:

  • Champ Alexander Volkanovski v Chan Sung Jung – for the featherweight title
  • Champ Aljamain Sterling v interim champion Petr Yan – to unify bantamweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres
  • Irene Aldana vs. Aspen Ladd
  • Pat Sabatini vs. Gavin Tucker

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