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How UFC newcomer Mackenzie Dern is embracing MMA without forgetting her jiu-jitsu roots

 

When she spoke to MMAjunkie 15 months ago, Mackenzie Dern wasn’t there yet, but she knew a time would come when jiu-jitsu would have to take a backseat to MMA.

Then two wins into her pro MMA career, the grappling ace said she simply couldn’t yet live off her new sport. Jiu-jitsu remained a passion and something that Dern still excelled at. More pragmatically, it was still what paid the bills.

Now things have changed. Read the full story here.