To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders
Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications
Mackenzie Dern reckons beautiful female UFC fighters have to 'prove themselves' more because of their looks.
Dern, 28, returns to action on Saturday when she faces Marina Rodriguez in the main-event of UFC Vegas 39.
She's riding an impressive four-fight winning streak, which includes three brilliant submission victories.
Ahead of potentially facing UFC women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas in the future, the Brazilian star has slammed some perceptions of women in the fight game.
"You always have to prove yourself," she told MMA Fighting.
"You see men, if men are pretty in people's opinion, men make fun of them, 'He's not that good.' But women, no, they say, 'Let's all watch her fight because she's beautiful.'
"We go through that, you have to prove yourself even more.
"I lost 50,000 followers fast when I announced my pregnancy, and 80,000 total until my next fight, but that has definitely changed.
"The MMA [community] has more men than women so it's impossible to have more women than men [as followers]."
She added: "I was deleting some photos of old sponsors, some old stuff, and thought, 'Let me see if this person that commented here [was still following me],' and he wasn't.
"And I started looking at several old photos and many people that commented things like, 'You're so hot' and whatnot, most of them don't follow me anymore. I was like, 'phew, I've cleaned it up.'"
Former UFC champion Jessica Andrade recently revealed that she joined OnlyFans and used the funds to pay off her house and car.
Dern shared her thoughts on Andrade's OnlyFans venture as she ruled out joining the subscription service.
She added: "You see OnlyFans and things like that, I don't judge those who have it, but it's not my focus.
"My focus is to represent women and change that idea that the only women that can sell is women that are seen by people as beautiful because, to me, every woman is beautiful, every woman is pretty and everybody puts on a show."
If Dern beats Rodriguez it could set up a UFC title fight against the winner of Namajunas vs. Weili Zhang 2.
Featured Image Credit: PA/Instagram
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read