Livinha Souza: I will ‘haunt’ Mackenzie Dern’s dreams if she doesn’t stop running marathons to avoid me

Livinha Souza still wants to fight jiu-jitsu specialist Mackenzie Dern inside the octagon | Esther Lin, Invicta FC Livinha Souza is still aiming for a fight with fellow UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern. The former Invicta FC champion first took a shot at the jiu-jitsu specialist in 2019 for not making weight in the past, but changed her tone and issued a respectful challenge a year later. Ready for her 115-pound clash with Ashley Yoder at Saturday night’s UFC 252 in Las Vegas, Souza claimed that Dern has been avoiding her. “I think Mackenzie is still on the São Silvestre (Marathon) based on how much she has ran from me, right?” Souza said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “She was even going to fight Ariane ‘Sorriso’ (Carnelossi), who has no ground game whatsoever. “But Mackenzie knows that if she fights me, regardless of what I say, she knows it’s going to be fire on the ground and on the feet. But I hope she wins this fight so we can see who has the best jiu-jitsu in the UFC strawweight division.” Dern was originally booked to face Carnelossi on April 25, but the Brazilian was replaced by Hannah Cifers before the whole show eventually got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dern vs. Cifers was moved to May 30, and Dern won via first-round kneebar. With Dern booked against Randa Markos on Sept. 19 and Souza slated to face Yoder this weekend, “The Brazilian Gangster” hopes Dern wins her upcoming match and accepts the challenge for later this year. “But if she doesn’t have the courage,” Souza said, “I hope she sleeps well because I’ll haunt her dreams, her nightmares, until the end.”

Livinha Souza: I will ‘haunt’ Mackenzie Dern’s dreams if she doesn’t stop running marathons to avoid me
Livinha Souza still wants to fight jiu-jitsu specialist Mackenzie Dern inside the octagon | Esther Lin, Invicta FC

Livinha Souza is still aiming for a fight with fellow UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern.

The former Invicta FC champion first took a shot at the jiu-jitsu specialist in 2019 for not making weight in the past, but changed her tone and issued a respectful challenge a year later. Ready for her 115-pound clash with Ashley Yoder at Saturday night’s UFC 252 in Las Vegas, Souza claimed that Dern has been avoiding her.

“I think Mackenzie is still on the São Silvestre (Marathon) based on how much she has ran from me, right?” Souza said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “She was even going to fight Ariane ‘Sorriso’ (Carnelossi), who has no ground game whatsoever.

“But Mackenzie knows that if she fights me, regardless of what I say, she knows it’s going to be fire on the ground and on the feet. But I hope she wins this fight so we can see who has the best jiu-jitsu in the UFC strawweight division.”

Dern was originally booked to face Carnelossi on April 25, but the Brazilian was replaced by Hannah Cifers before the whole show eventually got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dern vs. Cifers was moved to May 30, and Dern won via first-round kneebar.

With Dern booked against Randa Markos on Sept. 19 and Souza slated to face Yoder this weekend, “The Brazilian Gangster” hopes Dern wins her upcoming match and accepts the challenge for later this year.

“But if she doesn’t have the courage,” Souza said, “I hope she sleeps well because I’ll haunt her dreams, her nightmares, until the end.”

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Demetrious Johnson | ONE Championship Contestants on an upcoming Asian season of “The Apprentice” will be rubbing shoulders with elite MMA fighters. ONE Championship announced Thursday its first slate of special guest stars for “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” including flyweight grand prix and former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson, current ONE titleholders Angela Lee, Brandon Vera, and Xiong Jing Nan, Sage Northcutt, and Indian wrestling standout Ritu Phogat. All six of these ONE superstars will appear on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition! What challenges do they have in store for our contestants? @angelaleemma @Verafied @sagenorthcutt @MightyMouse @PhogatRitu @yodchatri #ApprenticeONE #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/MTgkJnOzkq— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 13, 2020 The fighters will be involved in physical challenges that will take place on the special edition of the long-running reality show, but actually competing for a $250,000 grand prize are 16 aspiring entrepreneurs who will look to impress ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong. The winning contestant also receives a position with ONE Championship for a year. More ONE stars and celebrities are expected to be announced for the program, with filming of a planned 13-episode season to take place from October to November.

ONE Championship announces Demetrious Johnson, Angela Lee, Sage Northcutt, for special edition of ‘The Apprentice’
Demetrious Johnson | ONE Championship

Contestants on an upcoming Asian season of “The Apprentice” will be rubbing shoulders with elite MMA fighters.

ONE Championship announced Thursday its first slate of special guest stars for “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” including flyweight grand prix and former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson, current ONE titleholders Angela Lee, Brandon Vera, and Xiong Jing Nan, Sage Northcutt, and Indian wrestling standout Ritu Phogat.

The fighters will be involved in physical challenges that will take place on the special edition of the long-running reality show, but actually competing for a $250,000 grand prize are 16 aspiring entrepreneurs who will look to impress ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong. The winning contestant also receives a position with ONE Championship for a year.

More ONE stars and celebrities are expected to be announced for the program, with filming of a planned 13-episode season to take place from October to November.

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