Undefeated women’s strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern’s long-rumored UFC debut is official.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion will face Ashley Yoder at UFC 222 on March 3 at T-Mobile Arena, UFC officials confirmed Thursday.
Dern is 5-0 since turning pro in July 2016, including three submission victories.
The 24-year-old Arizona native brings world-class grappling talent and a sizable social media following into her UFC debut.
Yoder is 0-2 in the UFC with decision losses to Justine Kish and Angela Hill.
UFC 222 will be headlined by a featherweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and champion Max Holloway.
The event also features a heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski, and a middleweight bout pitting Hector Lombard against C.B. Dollaway.
Las Vegan Bryan Caraway will face Cody Stamann in a bantamweight bout.