Mackenzie Dern is an American mixed martial arts professional and Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, born on March 24, 1993. She is a former No. 1 IBJJF World Rider, currently ranked 6th among women’s divisions.
Mackenzie Dern was born in Arizona, the daughter of Wellington “Megaton” Diaz, a grappling competitor. As a child, she grew up traveling back and forth between Arizona and her father’s homeland, Brazil. Mackenzie Dern is fluent in English and Portuguese. She said Portuguese had become her main language, explaining that “my father and mom are Brazilian. My boyfriend speaks Portuguese. I speak Portuguese more than English”.
Mackenzie Dern fought at the Legacy Fighting Alliance with a 4-0 record before signing with the Invicta Fighting Championship (Invicta) in November 2017. Mackenzie Dern made her Invicta debut on December 8, 2017.
Mackenzie Dern made her UFC promotional debut against Ashley Yoder on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222. She had registered only one loss in her professional MMA career – from Amanda Ribas.
After that, however, she recorded two wins – versus Hannah Cifers (by kneebar submission in Round 1) and Randa Markos (by armbar submission in Round 1).
Mackenzie Dern has a professional MMA record of 9-1-0 (W-L-D).
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