How did we miss this? UFC star thought she won at UFC 298

UFC strawweight submission specialist Mackenzie Dern was on a journey towards redemption at UFC 298. In her last match, she faced a career-first stoppage loss against former champion Jessica Andrade at UFC 295 in New York last November.

UFC 298 witnessed Dern’s determination to return to the win column, facing Amanda Lemos in a highly anticipated matchup.

In the three-round battle against Lemos, Dern exhibited remarkable resilience and the bout went the distance. Thus, Dern believed she had done enough to get the win.

And based on her response, it seemed like Dern thought she had won. The American celebrated by throwing her hands in the air and racing off, only to painfully realize that she had lost her last two matches.

This awkward moment did not escape the scrutiny of MMA fans on social media.

Social media erupted with comments poking fun at Dern’s celebration. Fans humorously speculated about her state of mind.

Some of the comments were as follows:

“Concussed bad.”

“She thought her name was Amanda.”

“If you believe it…that means it’s true…lol”

During the match, Dern showcased her tenacity by surviving Lemos’ early onslaught of a barrage of leg kicks. Round one saw Dern finishing in top position, showcasing her grappling skills and determination.

In round two, Lemos dominated. She dropped Dern early, but the latter managed to endure the round.

Dern’s early takedown in round three demonstrated her eagerness to turn the tide, yet the judges’ decision went against her. Despite her dominant performance, she now faces a drop in the UFC ranks. The 30-year-old is known for her durability and grappling prowess. But she missed an opportunity to re-establish herself as a top contender in the strawweight division.

While Dern faces a setback, Amanda Lemos’ victory has positioned her as a potential contender for another title shot.