Mackenzie Dern Shortening Her MMA Career

Savannah Martinez, Writer

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Mackenzie Dern, born in Phoenix, AZ, is ranked number 1 in the world for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu Federation. She is the daughter of Wellington “Megatron” Diaz, a decorated grappler. Her dad got her into this sport as early as 3 years old. She was very talented and skilled, resulting in her competing in adult divisions at the age of 14. She went on to win a world championship in every belt level as she progressed. After finishing first place six times at the Asian Open, Mackenzie is the only female Jiu-Jitsu competitor to have won gold medals, at black belt level.

She then ventured into the UFC and MMA. Mackenzie has been ready to break away from the amatuers and rise to the top of the UFC women’s straw weight division. Her father and teacher doesn’t agree with her switch from jui-jitzu. He does not like how much more violent it is but Dern responds with, “I want to make him happy. I know he doesn’t want me to do MMA, so I want to show him, Dad, it’s OK. I’m meant to be here.” She had to upgrade difficulty because of how easily she wiped the mats with her opponents. Her persistence drives her to be a better fighter has resulted in lots of improvement but she recently accepted the idea that she cannot do this forever.

Her career in MMA is just getting started but she eventually wants to, “Live a life in which someone isn’t trying to choke or punch her.” She does not want to fight for a long time but she would like to get a few belts in her division. She also wants to be able to defend her titles later on but she does not want to be taking punches to the face recklessly. She says this quote to sum up what exactly she wants out of her career, “I’m coming here to show to show a jiu-jitsu fighter – a woman – can get to the belt. I can be a striker. I have everything to be the best in the world. But I want to have a family too. I’ve been doing fighting since I was 3 years old, so it’s a long time in the sport. I definitely don’t want to be in this career forever.” But one thing is for sure she will take a break after fighting Amanda Cooper. Not a long break, about 2 months, to give her enough breath before she continues her push to the top.

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