Mackenzie Dern is an American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. She is a former world No. 1 ranked IBJJF competitor, currently ranked 6th among the female divisions. She is an ADCC and BJJ (black belt) World Champion. As of September 1, 2020, she is #15 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings.
She was born on March 24th,1993 in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up travelling back and forth between Arizona and her father’s native country, Brazil. She began to train by the age of three and practicing with her father and stepmother who is also a black belt, Luciana Tavares.
Mackenzie Dern: MMA record
Dern fought under Legacy Fighting Alliance with a record of 4-0 before signing with Invicta Fighting Championship (Invicta) in November 2017.
The American made her Invicta debut on December 8, 2017, at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz against Kaline Medeiros. She won the fight via an armbar in round three.
She made her promotional debut against Ashley Yoder on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222, winning via split decision.
After a hiatus from maternity leave, she faced Amanda Ribas on October 12, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 19. She lost the fight via unanimous decision, which is her only loss to date.
She boasts a record of 8-1-0.
Mackenzie Dern fake accent
Mackenzie Dern speaks English with a Brazilian accent, creating a theory that she has changed her accent for the Brazilian market. Videos, message boards, forums and even podcasts have featured discussions on the perceived change in her accent over the years.
Dern is bilingual and is the daughter of native Portuguese speaker Wellington ‘Megaton’ Dias. Yet still, people suspect there’s an ulterior motive behind her thick accent.
Mackenzie Dern Jiu-Jitsu accolades
Mackenzie started competing in jiu jitsu’s adult division at the age of 14, around the same time when she decided to dedicate herself fully to the sport.
Mackenzie Dern’s first fight as a black belt came in the shape of a superfight against a seasoned veteran of the sport, Luiza Monteiro, at the Copa Podio in January 2013, a fight Mackenzie won, moving on to fight at the European Open just a few weeks later, winning her weight division and cementing her name as one of the top featherweight black belts in the world.
The pursuit of PRESSURE. #MackenzieDern Picture: GoLive pic.twitter.com/wxY9OWSJoa
— Jiu Jitsu Style (@JiuJitsustyle) August 7, 2017
- IBJJF World Champion
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion
- IBJJF Pan American Champion
- FIVE Super League Champion
- IBJJF European Open Champion
Mackenzie Dern last fight
Her last opponent was Hannah Cifers who she faced at UFC Fight Night in May 2020. She won convincingly via submission in the first round. She is scheduled to meet Randa Markos on September 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 178.
Besides the main event, which fight are you most looking forward to this weekend?
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— Flatlined MMA (@FlatlinedMMA) September 14, 2020
Mackenzie Dern net worth
Her net worth has been estimated at a salary of $34,000 with expected lifetime earnings of $1,419,432. There is no doubt that her net worth and salary will increase in the upcoming years.
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