DENVER – Amanda Cooper learned an important and mindset-changing lesson in her loss to Mackenzie Dern earlier this year. That lesson was that the best-prepared fighter doesn’t always win. Cooper (3-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) took the highly touted unbeaten prospect Dern (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 224 in May and lost by first-round submission. The big story of the fight was how Dern missed weight by a whopping seven pounds , but Cooper agreed to move on with the bout despite the obvious weight disadvantage.
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