An intriguing strawweight matchup is currently in the works between Mackenzie Dern and Nina Ansaroff for a UFC card planned for April 10.
Multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, but no bout agreements have been issued yet. ESPN initially reported the news.
Assuming the fight is finalized, Ansaroff will be making her first appearance in the UFC since taking time off to give birth to her first child alongside two-division champion Amanda Nunes. Prior to her hiatus, Ansaroff had put together an impressive 4-1 run over five fights including wins over Claudia Gadelha and Angela Hill, with her only loss coming to Tatiana Suarez.
As for Dern, the multi-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappling champion stayed busy during 2020 with three consecutive wins in the UFC. Overall, Dern is 5-1 in the UFC with three submission wins with her lone defeat against rising star Amanda Ribas in 2019.