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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 and accomplished athletes in their own right. Mackenzie Dern started competing in BJJ’s adult division at the age of 14, winning several important trophies as a teenager. Her grappling tuition has been closely followed by her father as well as Royler Gracie and Letícia Ribeiro before her transition to cage fighting.

Mackenzie Dern Biography

Full Name: Mackenzie Lynne Dern

Nickname: N/A

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships NO-GI (2015*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan American Championships (2016/2015)
  • 1st Place FIVE Super League Championships (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016/2015)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2015**)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships (2012** brown, 2011 purple, 2010/2009/2008 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships (2012/2011** brown, 2010/2009 blue + purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan American Championships (2012 brown, 2011 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (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 family’s jiu-jitsu school from the time she was a baby, and by the age of 3 she was already practicing 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 local circuit. Being a natural at sports, Mackenzie Dern also competed in judo tournaments to keep her throwing techniques sharp. During her early teens (14), Dern decided to dedicate her full attention to the sport, then becoming a professional athlete.

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 super fight 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
Ezekiel
4
2
#f58822
Omoplata/Choke
4
2
#224aba
Mounted X choke
4
2
#ff9124
Footlock
2
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Marcelotine
2
1
#fad223
Omoplata
2
1
#03861f
Botinha
2
1
#039a1f
Scissor choke
2
1
#03b41f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03c61f
Cross choke
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
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
Bread cutter
13
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
1
#d1212a
Armbar
13
1
#fad11b
Short choke
13
1
#f58822
Americana
13
1
#224aba
Kimura
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Mackenzie Dern Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4469Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4618Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2013
4621Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGF2013
4820Marina RibeiroMarina RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.58KGSF2013
5274Andresa CorreaLN/APan AmericanABSSF2014
5276Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American58KGF2014
5623Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniLArmbarWorld Pro.55KGR12014
5679Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLShort chokeWorld Champ.58KGSF2014
5680Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliLPts: 9x0World Champ.ABSR12014
5986Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLAmericanaNoGi WorldsABSF2014
6268Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLKimuraLong Beach ProABSF2014
6453Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLClock chokeEuropeanABSF2015
6609Michele NicoliniLPts: 9x8European58KGF2015
6902Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLBread cutterPan AmericanABSF2015
7508Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPointsWorld Champ.ABSSF2015
8364Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds56KGF2015
8987Andresa CorreaLPts: 2x0European OpenABSF2016
9384Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPts: 10x8Pan AmericanABSSF2016
9489Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 5x2World ProABS4F2016
9697Andresa CorreaLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSF2016
10095Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSSF2016
11197Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 20x0South AmericanABSF2016
11504Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 5x2European OpenABSSF2017
12245Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLChoke from backRio Fall OpenABSF2017
13201Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13922E. KarpinenLPts: 4x2ADCC60+KG4F2017
4393Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4483Lora HallockWChoke from backSA Pro Trials56KGF2013
4616Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2013
5156Sophia DrysdaleSophia DrysdaleWToe holdLas Vegas OpenABSF2013
5273Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2014
5275Cristina BrandaoWOmoplata/ChokePan American58KGSF2014
5446Pati FontesPati FontesWMounted X chokeFIVE Cali. 264KGSF2014
5447Chelsea DonnerWPts: 2x0FIVE Cali. 264KGF2014
5502Kanako InabaWMounted X chokeFIVE Illinois64KGF2014
5678Ariadne de OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.58KG4F2014
5901Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdDallas Open58KGF2014
5902Laura HallockWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5940Chelsea DonnerWTriangleAmerican Nat.58KGF2014
5983Nyjah EastonNyjah EastonWAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5985Leanna DittrichWPts: 3x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5987Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdNoGi Worlds56KGF2014
6400Nicole InacioWArmbarUS Nat. ProABSF2015
6450Laurence FouillatWEzekielEuropeanABS4F2015
6452Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSSF2015
6608Laurence CousinLaurence CousinWToe holdEuropean58KGSF2015
6882Chelsea DonnerWEzekielPan American58KGSF2015
6884Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWKneebarPan American58KGF2015
6899Megan NevillWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2015
6901Tammy GriegoWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2015
7140Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPointsWorld Pro55KGF2015
7141Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 2x0World Pro55KGF2015
7147Nádia MeloWToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
7151Jessica CristinaWFootlockWorld ProABS4F2015
7156Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProABSSF2015
7158Vanessa OliveiraVanessa OliveiraWPts: 6x0World ProABSF2015
7500Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWN/AWorld Champ.58KGSF2015
7501Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWChoke from backWorld Champ.58KGF2015
7504Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS8F2015
7506Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2015
7756Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWChoke from backFIVE SLABS4F2015
7758Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWKneebarFIVE SLABSSF2015
7760Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdFIVE SLABS3RD2015
7953Kethe EngenWToe holdADCC60KG4F2015
7958Bia MesquitaWReferee DecisionADCC60KGSF2015
7960Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 4x4, PenADCC60KGF2015
8035Leanna DittrichWToe holdAsian OpenABSSF2015
8036Isabelle SouzaWToe holdAsian OpenABSF2015
8363Emilie ThylinWKimuraNoGi Worlds56KGSF2015
8365Josephine MasielloWArmbarNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8366Emilie ThylinWToe holdNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
8367Andresa CorreaWMarcelotineNoGi WorldsABSF2015
8983Yasmine WilsonWToe holdEuropean Open58KGF2016
8984Maria DoloresWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR12016
8985Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8986Olga LyashevskaWToe holdEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9079Rosie SnowWArmbarF2W 4ABSSPF2016
9378Vianca JagerWBotinhaPan American58KGSF2016
9379Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American58KGF2016
9381Leah TaylorWToe holdPan AmericanABSR12016
9383Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9485Ana AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro55KG4F2016
9486Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPts: 5x0World Pro55KGSF2016
9487Marina RibeiroMarina RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro55KGF2016
9488Anna KavouraWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9695Andresa LidiaWChoke from backBrasileiroABS4F2016
9696Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
10089Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.58KGSF2016
10090Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.58KGF2016
10093Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10518Talita AlencarTalita AlencarWReferee DecisionF2W 1288KGSPF2016
10796Megan GreenWKneebarGrand Slam TYO70KGRR2016
10797Megan GreenWKneebarGrand Slam TYO70KGF2016
11193Eloisa SoutaWScissor chokeSouth American64KGF2016
11194Barbara GomesWOmoplata/chokeSouth AmericanABS4F2016
11195Joaquina BomfimJoaquina BomfimWAdvSouth AmericanABSSF2016
11500Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWPts: 11x2European OpenABS4F2017
11623Carolina CarrielloWBow and arrowEuropean Open58KGSF2017
11624Emily ThylinWReferee DecisionEuropean Open58KGF2017
11751Pati FontesPati FontesWCross chokeF2W 25N/ASPF2017
12244Katherine JesusWPointsRio Fall OpenABSSF2017

Mackenzie Dern vs Angela Wilson (2012)

Mackenzie Dern vs Sophia Drysdale (2012)

Mackenzie Dern vs Lora Hallock (2013)

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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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