Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren, John Castaneda

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren and John Castaneda.

Dern submitted submitted Mandy Polk this past week at LFA 24. Shlemenko headlines Friday’s Bellator 185 event against Gegard Mousasi. McLaren is CEO of Combate Americas, and Castaneda is part of the organization’s $100,000 single-night tournament on Nov. 11.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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LFA 24 highlights: Mackenzie Dern's finishing choke, Curtis Millender's brutal KO in headliner

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Curtis Millender and Mackenzie Dern were the stars of LFA 24, earning impressive finishes in their bouts.

LFA 24 took place Friday from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and aired live on AXS TV.

In the main event, four-time Bellator veteran Millender (13-3) helped his cause to return to the big stage with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Matthew Frincu (11-3) in just 38 seconds of their welterweight contest. The two explosive fighters came out looking to bang, but it was Millender who patiently absorbed blows before countering with a right high kick that landed flush on the chin and sent Frincu crashing to the canvas.

In a featured women’s flyweight fight, jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern (4-0) earned another submission win by locking in a rear-naked choke to make Mandy Polk (3-4) tap out at the 2:55 mark of the first round. What stood out, though, was the fact that Dern’s striking – not her grappling – set up the finisher.

Watch the full highlights above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern just as curious as you are for how she'll fare at flyweight at LFA 24

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After fighting at strawweight for her first three MMA bouts, Mackenzie Dern is hoping a change to flyweight will make life a little easier.

The weight cuts to get to 115 pounds weren’t fun for Dern (3-0), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler. She failed to make weight for her past two wins in Legacy FC and LFA. But tonight, at LFA 24, Dern gives 125 pounds a try against Mandy Polk (3-3).

LFA 24 takes place tonight at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The main card airs on AXS TV.

Apart from the easier weight cut, Dern said she’s just as curious as anyone how she’ll fare in the new division.

“It’s hard for me to say what I’m going to improve on now,” Dern told former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano ahead of the fight. “But I think just that it’s a new (weight class), that’s going to be a good test for me – if I try to stay at 125, or if I try to do the sacrifice to go back to 115. It’s going to be a surprise for me, too, how I feel my opponent is – if I feel she’s stronger than me, or if I feel good here. It’s going to be a surprise for me, just like everyone else.”

Polk is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who’s an RFA vet and IFBB professional fitness competitor. The 32-year-old made her pro MMA debut in 2014. The high-school wrestling coach was on a three-fight winning streak before a December loss to Katy Collins at RFA 46.

“From what I know about her, she’s a wrestler,” Dern said. “I’m a jiu-jitsu girl, so for me to be on the ground is OK. I imagine she probably wants to be on top and ground-and-pound.”

To hear more from Dern with Zingano, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Ahead of Friday's LFA 24, watch top prospect Mackenzie Dern in action

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Mackenzie Dern has long been considered a top prospect in women’s MMA, and with a move to the flyweight division, she may finally be ready to truly come into her own.

After struggling to make the strawweight limit early in her career, the multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion now makes that move at Friday’s LFA 24 event, which takes place at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and airs on AXS TV. Dern (3-0) meets Mandy Polk (3-3) in a 125-pound contest.

Ahead of that matchup, and courtesy of AXS TV Fights, check out Dern’s most recent outing, a March decision win over Katherine Roy, who was able to take the catchweight fight the distance but ultimately lost via unanimous decision at LFA 6.

Is Dern a future star in the women’s flyweight division? She’ll try to take another step in that direction at LFA 24.

For more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern gets 125-pound opponent for LFA 24

Standout grappler Mackenzie Dern is moving up to flyweight for a bout at LFA 24.

LFA officials today told MMAjunkie that Dern (3-0) will fight Mandy Polk (3-3) at the October show.

LFA 24 takes place Oct. 13 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, and the main card, including Dern vs. Polk, airs on AXS TV.

Dern, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler, made her highly publicized pro-MMA debut in 2016 as a strawweight. She’s 3-0, but in her past two wins – for Legacy FC and then LFA – she failed to make the 116-pound strawweight limit. The 24-year-old Arizona native, who scored a decision victory over Katherine Roy in her most recent bout, today announced her return at LFA 24 but didn’t state an opponent (via Instagram):

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According to LFA officials, Dern will first defend her -60kg ADCC title this weekend in Finland.

Her upcoming MMA opponent, Polk, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who’s an RFA vet and IFBB professional fitness competitor. The 32-year-old made her pro MMA debut in 2014. The high-school wrestling coach was on a three-fight winning streak before a December loss to Katy Collins at RFA 46.

The latest LFA 24 card now includes:

  • Matthew Frincu vs. Curtis Millender
  • Joey Miolla vs. Vinicius Zani
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Mandy Polk

For more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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