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Report: Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba Earmarked For UFC 256 on December 12th.

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Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger - Zuffa LLC & Jeff Bottari - Zuffa LLC

An intriguing pairing of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, Mackenzie Dern, and former Invicta FC strawweight champion, Virna ‘Carcara’ Jandiroba is currently in the works for UFC 256 on December 12th. in Las Vegas, Nevada – with a venue for the event yet to be determined by the promotion.

Arizona born submission ace, Dern has won her last two consecutively – scoring an eye-catching first-round armbar win over division mainstay, Randa ‘Quiet Storm’ Markos at UFC Vegas 11 in September. The victory marked Dern’s second of the year.

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Bahia born grappler, Jandiroba has also won her last two in a row, also taking a first-round armbar victory in her last showing – when paired with Felice ‘Lil’ Bulldog’ Herrig at UFC 252 in August. News of the targeted matchup was initially reported by MMA Fighting reporter, Guilherme Cruz

Dern, a three-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu holds an 8-1 professional résumé. The 27-year-old Phoenix native added the above noted, Markos to a prior kneebar victory over Hannah Cifers on short-notice at UFC Vegas 1 at the end of May this year. 

In her sole professional defeat, Dern dropped a unanimous decision loss to fellow standout, Amanda Ribas at UFC Fight Night Tampa in August of last year – in her first matching following the birth of her daughter.

Jandiroba, 32 has also only suffered one professional blemish. The renowned finisher dropped a unanimous decision loss to inaugural Invicta FC and UFC strawweight best, Carla ‘Cookie Monster’ Esparza in her promotional debut at UFC Fight Night Sunrise in April of last year.

With a staggering thirteen submission wins from sixteen total victories – Jandiroba got off the mark in the promotion with a rear-naked choke win over Mallory Martin before her above-mentioned stoppage of Herrig. Jandiroba won the Invicta FC strawweight crown with a split decision win over promotion stablemate, Mizuki Inoue back in March of 2018. 

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