In July, Mackenzie Dern made her mixed martial arts debut to great success. At Legacy FC 58, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. Dern proved to the world she can hang with the best as she survived multiple submission attempts by her opponent.
I learn fast. I think that as long as I keep evolving, that’s the plan, I’m not gonna give up on what I have planned. I think I’m doing good, just to get used to it and keep being confident and trust. There’s so much stuff that my coaches taught me. But I think for my first fight was able to have that come out. I’m excited to start testing more my stand-up but, of course, I’m never gonna take away my jiu-jitsu. I’ll always go to jiu-jitsu, but I’m still confident with that goal. I think that maybe by the end of 2017 I can try for a title. We’ll see. Who knows? You never know. But that’s the goal.
Dern, 23, began training by 3 years old and moved on to competing in the adult divisions by 14 years old. She has won a world championship in every belt as she progressed to black belt.