How UFC newcomer Mackenzie Dern is embracing MMA without forgetting her jiu-jitsu roots
By Fernanda Prates, MMAjunkie
• Jan. 18, 2018
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.