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Mackenzie Dern

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Mackenzie Dern is an accomplished Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who is regarded as one of the top female grapplers of her generation. Dern is also known in jiu jitsu’s circuit as the daughter of the legendary “Wellington “Megaton” Dias and stepdaughter to “Luka” Dias, two respected members of the community. Mackenzie Dern started competing in BJJ’s adult division at the age of 14, winning the respect of the community by winning several important trophies as a teenager. Her grappling tuition has been closely followed by her father, and also Royler Gracie and Letícia Ribeiro.

Mackenzie Dern Biography

Full Name: Mackenzie Lynne Dern

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Royler Gracie > Wellington Dias > Mackenzie Dern

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015*)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2015**)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016/2015)
  • FIVE Super League Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016/2015)
  • Copa Podio Superfight Champion (2013)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2012** brown, 2011 purple, 2010/2009/2008 blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2012/2011** brown, 2010/2009 blue + purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown, 2011 purple)
  • FIVE Super League Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2012 brown, 2011** purple, 2010 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (58,50 kg / 129.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Humaitá

Mackenzie Dern Biography

Mackenzie Dern was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 24, 1993. Being the daughter of one of the top BJJ black belts in the world, Dern started accompanying her father to the academy since she was a baby, and by the age of 3 she was already practising the gentle art with both her father and her stepmother Luciana Tavares.

Dern started competing at a very young age. With the experience gathered from starting as a toddler, she quickly dominated the kids grappling scene in the Arizona state. Being a natural at sports, Mackenzie Dern also competed in judo tournaments to keep her throwing techniques sharp.

As aforementioned, 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.

With a ton of talent, and the care of tremendous coaches such as her father, Wellington Dias and Leticia Ribeiro, Dern won the world championship in every belt on her way to black belt, a degree she reached before her 20th birthday.

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 conclusively with an 8×2 scoreboard, 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.

Banner picture by BJJPix.com

Mackenzie Dern Grappling Record

75 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (19%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    45 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

45 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
33
15
#86e620
Choke from back
13
6
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
11
5
#d1212a
Armbar
9
4
#fad11b
Omoplata/Choke
4
2
#f58822
Mounted X choke
4
2
#224aba
Ezekiel
4
2
#ff9124
Botinha
2
1
#bf1f6c
Scissor choke
2
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
2
1
#fad223
Cross choke
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Footlock
2
1
#03b41f
Kimura
2
1
#03c61f
Marcelotine
2
1
#03d61f
Omoplata
2
1
45
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Clock choke
25
2
#86e620
Armbar
13
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
13
1
#d1212a
Americana
13
1
#fad11b
Kimura
13
1
#f58822
Bread cutter
13
1
#224aba
Choke from back
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Mackenzie Dern Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4470Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4619Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2013
4622Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGF2013
4821Marina RibeiroMarina RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.58KGSF2013
5271Andresa CorreaLN/APan AmericanABSSF2014
5273Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American58KGF2014
5617Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniLArmbarWorld Pro.55KGR12014
5673Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLShort chokeWorld Champ.58KGSF2014
5674Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliLPts: 9x0World Champ.ABSR12014
5980Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLAmericanaNoGi WorldsABSF2014
6262Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLKimuraLong Beach ProABSF2014
6447Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLClock chokeEuropeanABSF2015
6603Michele NicoliniLPts: 9x8European58KGF2015
6896Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLBread cutterPan AmericanABSF2015
7502Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPointsWorld Champ.ABSSF2015
8358Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds56KGF2015
8981Andresa CorreaLPts: 2x0European OpenABSF2016
9378Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPts: 10x8Pan AmericanABSSF2016
9483Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 5x2World ProABS4F2016
9691Andresa CorreaLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSF2016
10089Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSSF2016
11191Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 20x0South AmericanABSF2016
11498Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 5x2European OpenABSSF2017
12239Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLChoke from backRio Fall OpenABSF2017
13195Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13914E. KarpinenLPts: 4x2ADCC60+KG4F2017
4394Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4484Lora HallockWChoke from backSA Pro Trials56KGF2013
4617Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2013
5153Sophia DrysdaleSophia DrysdaleWToe holdLas Vegas OpenABSF2013
5270Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2014
5272Cristina BrandaoWOmoplata/ChokePan American58KGSF2014
5443Pati FontesPati FontesWMounted X chokeFIVE Cali. 264KGSF2014
5444Chelsea DonnerWPts: 2x0FIVE Cali. 264KGF2014
5499Kanako InabaWMounted X chokeFIVE Illinois64KGF2014
5672Ariadne de OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.58KG4F2014
5895Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdDallas Open58KGF2014
5896Laura HallockWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5934Chelsea DonnerWTriangleAmerican Nat.58KGF2014
5977Nyjah EastonNyjah EastonWAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5979Leanna DittrichWPts: 3x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5981Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdNoGi Worlds56KGF2014
6394Nicole InacioWArmbarUS Nat. ProABSF2015
6444Laurence FouillatWEzekielEuropeanABS4F2015
6446Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSSF2015
6602Laurence CousinLaurence CousinWToe holdEuropean58KGSF2015
6876Chelsea DonnerWEzekielPan American58KGSF2015
6878Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWKneebarPan American58KGF2015
6893Megan NevillWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2015
6895Tammy GriegoWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2015
7134Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPointsWorld Pro55KGF2015
7135Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 2x0World Pro55KGF2015
7141Nádia MeloWToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
7145Jessica CristinaWFootlockWorld ProABS4F2015
7150Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProABSSF2015
7152Vanessa OliveiraVanessa OliveiraWPts: 6x0World ProABSF2015
7494Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWN/AWorld Champ.58KGSF2015
7495Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWChoke from backWorld Champ.58KGF2015
7498Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS8F2015
7500Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2015
7750Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWChoke from backFIVE SLABS4F2015
7752Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWKneebarFIVE SLABSSF2015
7754Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdFIVE SLABS3RD2015
7947Kethe EngenWToe holdADCC60KG4F2015
7952Bia MesquitaWReferee DecisionADCC60KGSF2015
7954Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 4x4, PenADCC60KGF2015
8029Leanna DittrichWToe holdAsian OpenABSSF2015
8030Isabelle SouzaWToe holdAsian OpenABSF2015
8357Emilie ThylinWKimuraNoGi Worlds56KGSF2015
8359Josephine MasielloWArmbarNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8360Emilie ThylinWToe holdNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
8361Andresa CorreaWMarcelotineNoGi WorldsABSF2015
8977Yasmine WilsonWToe holdEuropean Open58KGF2016
8978Maria DoloresWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR12016
8979Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8980Olga LyashevskaWToe holdEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9073Rosie SnowWArmbarF2W 4ABSSPF2016
9372Vianca JagerWBotinhaPan American58KGSF2016
9373Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American58KGF2016
9375Leah TaylorWToe holdPan AmericanABSR12016
9377Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9479Ana AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro55KG4F2016
9480Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPts: 5x0World Pro55KGSF2016
9481Marina RibeiroMarina RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro55KGF2016
9482Anna KavouraWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9689Andresa LidiaWChoke from backBrasileiroABS4F2016
9690Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
10083Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.58KGSF2016
10084Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.58KGF2016
10087Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10512Talita AlencarTalita AlencarWReferee DecisionF2W 1288KGSPF2016
10790Megan GreenWKneebarGrand Slam TYO70KGRR2016
10791Megan GreenWKneebarGrand Slam TYO70KGF2016
11187Eloisa SoutaWScissor chokeSouth American64KGF2016
11188Barbara GomesWOmoplata/chokeSouth AmericanABS4F2016
11189Joaquina BomfimJoaquina BomfimWAdvSouth AmericanABSSF2016
11494Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWPts: 11x2European OpenABS4F2017
11617Carolina CarrielloWBow and arrowEuropean Open58KGSF2017
11618Emily ThylinWReferee DecisionEuropean Open58KGF2017
11745Pati FontesPati FontesWCross chokeF2W 25N/ASPF2017
12238Katherine JesusWPointsRio Fall OpenABSSF2017

Mackenzie Dern vs Angela Wilson (2012)

Mackenzie Dern vs Sophia Drysdale (2012)

Mackenzie Dern vs Lora Hallock (2013)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

One Comment

  • Barretto says:

    Why does Dern have a different last name than her father? Is "Dern" her mother's maiden name? I've never been able to find any information regarding the name difference.

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