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Up Close with BJJ Star Mackenzie Dern
SATURDAY JULY 16, 2016— Mackenzie Lynne Dern is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. In the IBJJF she is ranked as the number one female black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu. She holds a black belt under her father, Wellington “Megaton” Dias who is one of the top Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts in the world. She is also an ADCC and no gi BJJ (black belt) World Champion.
Mackenzie started her journey at age 3 and started practicing with her father and stepmother who is also a black belt, Luciana Tavares. She started competing at a young age, and moving on to competing in the adult divisions by 14 years old. Mackenzie has won a world championship in every belt as she progressed to black belt. In 2015, she defeated Gabrielle Garcia in the semi finals at the Abu Dhabi open weight championships.
Mackenzie Dern Vs Gabi Garcia Abu Dhabi World Pro 2015 Open Class Semi Final:
INSIDE MMA goes in-depth with Brazilian Ju-Jitsu World Champion Mackenzie Dern ahead of her MMA debut next Friday on AXS TV FIGHTS: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 58
Mackenzie Dern on Her Jump to MMA:
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