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

Mackenzie Dern Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4452Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniD---Metamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4601Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2013
4604Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGF2013
4803Marina RibeiroMarina RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.58KGSF2013
5253Andresa CorreaLN/APan AmericanABSSF2014
5255Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American58KGF2014
5598Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniLArmbarWorld Pro.55KGR12014
5654Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLShort chokeWorld Champ.58KGSF2014
5655Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliLPts: 9x0World Champ.ABSR12014
5961Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLAmericanaNoGi WorldsABSF2014
6236Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLKimuraLong Beach ProABSF2014
6422Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLClock chokeEuropeanABSF2015
6578Michele NicoliniLPts: 9x8European58KGF2015
6869Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLBread cutterPan AmericanABSF2015
7474Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPointsWorld Champ.ABSSF2015
8330Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds56KGF2015
8943Andresa CorreaLPts: 2x0European OpenABSF2016
9338Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPts: 10x8Pan AmericanABSSF2016
9438Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 5x2World ProABS4F2016
9645Andresa CorreaLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSF2016
10043Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteLPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSSF2016
11134Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 20x0South AmericanABSF2016
11422Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 5x2European OpenABSSF2017
12142Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLChoke from backRio Fall OpenABSF2017
13084Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenLPts: 5x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13794E. KarpinenLPts: 4x2ADCC60+KG4F2017
4376Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4466Lora HallockWChoke from backSA Pro Trials56KGF2013
4599Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2013
5135Sophia DrysdaleSophia DrysdaleWToe holdLas Vegas OpenABSF2013
5252Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2014
5254Cristina BrandaoWOmoplata/ChokePan American58KGSF2014
5425Pati FontesPati FontesWMounted X chokeFIVE Cali. 264KGSF2014
5426Chelsea DonnerWPts: 2x0FIVE Cali. 264KGF2014
5480Kanako InabaWMounted X chokeFIVE Illinois64KGF2014
5653Ariadne de OliveiraWPointsWorld Champ.58KG4F2014
5876Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdDallas Open58KGF2014
5877Laura HallockWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5915Chelsea DonnerWTriangleAmerican Nat.58KGF2014
5958Nyjah EastonNyjah EastonWAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5960Leanna DittrichWPts: 3x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5962Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdNoGi Worlds56KGF2014
6368Nicole InacioWArmbarUS Nat. ProABSF2015
6419Laurence FouillatWEzekielEuropeanABS4F2015
6421Dominyka ObelenyteDominyka ObelenyteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSSF2015
6577Laurence CousinLaurence CousinWToe holdEuropean58KGSF2015
6849Chelsea DonnerWEzekielPan American58KGSF2015
6851Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWKneebarPan American58KGF2015
6866Megan NevillWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2015
6868Tammy GriegoWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2015
7106Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPointsWorld Pro55KGF2015
7107Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 2x0World Pro55KGF2015
7113Nádia MeloWToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
7117Jessica CristinaWFootlockWorld ProABS4F2015
7122Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProABSSF2015
7124Vanessa OliveiraVanessa OliveiraWPts: 6x0World ProABSF2015
7466Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWN/AWorld Champ.58KGSF2015
7467Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWChoke from backWorld Champ.58KGF2015
7470Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS8F2015
7472Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2015
7722Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWChoke from backFIVE SLABS4F2015
7724Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWKneebarFIVE SLABSSF2015
7726Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWToe holdFIVE SLABS3RD2015
7919Kethe EngenWToe holdADCC60KG4F2015
7924Bia MesquitaWReferee DecisionADCC60KGSF2015
7926Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 4x4, PenADCC60KGF2015
8001Leanna DittrichWToe holdAsian OpenABSSF2015
8002Isabelle SouzaWToe holdAsian OpenABSF2015
8329Emilie ThylinWKimuraNoGi Worlds56KGSF2015
8331Josephine MasielloWArmbarNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8332Emilie ThylinWToe holdNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
8333Andresa CorreaWMarcelotineNoGi WorldsABSF2015
8939Yasmine WilsonWToe holdEuropean Open58KGF2016
8940Maria DoloresWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR12016
8941Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8942Olga LyashevskaWToe holdEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9034Rosie SnowWArmbarF2W Pro 4ABSSPF2016
9332Vianca JagerWBotinhaPan American58KGSF2016
9333Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American58KGF2016
9335Leah TaylorWToe holdPan AmericanABSR12016
9337Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9434Ana AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro55KG4F2016
9435Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPts: 5x0World Pro55KGSF2016
9436Marina RibeiroMarina RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro55KGF2016
9437Anna KavouraWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9643Andresa LidiaWChoke from backBrasileiroABS4F2016
9644Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
10037Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.58KGSF2016
10038Michelle NicoliniMichelle NicoliniWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.58KGF2016
10041Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10461Talita AlencarTalita AlencarWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1288KGSPF2016
10737Megan GreenWKneebarGrand Slam Tokyo70KGRR2016
10738Megan GreenWKneebarGrand Slam Tokyo70KGF2016
11130Eloisa SoutaWScissor chokeSouth American64KGF2016
11131Barbara GomesWOmoplata/chokeSouth AmericanABS4F2016
11132Joaquina BomfimJoaquina BomfimWAdvSouth AmericanABSSF2016
11418Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWPts: 11x2European OpenABS4F2017
11541Carolina CarrielloWBow and arrowEuropean Open58KGSF2017
11542Emily ThylinWReferee DecisionEuropean Open58KGF2017
11663Pati FontesPati FontesWCross chokeF2W 25N/ASPF2017
12141Katherine JesusWPointsRio Fall OpenABSSF2017

Mackenzie Dern vs Angela Wilson (2012)

Mackenzie Dern vs Sophia Drysdale (2012)

Mackenzie Dern vs Lora Hallock (2013)

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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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