Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu CoachWellington "Megaton" Dias
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Biography(references)Dern was born in Arizona, the daughter of Wellington "Megaton" Dias, a highly decorated grappling competitor himself. Dern began training by the age of three and practicing with her father and stepmother who is also a black belt, Luciana Tavares. Due to her six 1st place finishes at the Asian Open, Mackenzie is the only female Jiu-Jitsu competitor to have won Gold Medals, at Black Belt level, at each of the 5 principal/highest ranking IBJJF Gi Championships - the other events are the Worlds, the Euros, the Pan Ams and the Brazilian Nationals. One of her biggest achievements in BJJ came when she managed to defeat Gabi Garcia despite a huge weight difference, becoming one of the few women to do so.
Fighter Trivia(references)Dern is married to professional surfer Wesley Santos. In February 2019, Dern announced that she had put her MMA career on hold due to pregnancy. According to Dern, she left Black House MMA after a reported incident concerning her original coach, Juan Gomez, where he got into a physical altercation with her husband over a disagreement about money.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: Performance of the Night (Three times) vs. Hannah Cifers, Randa Markos, and Nina Ansaroff
UFC: Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Marina Rodriguez
UFC: Most submission wins in the UFC Strawweight division (four)
UFC: Second-most submission wins in the UFC among women (four)
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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