Elite Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern is scheduled to take one big step closer to fighting for the UFC strawweight title. In a recent interview with TMZ, UFC president Dana White revealed that the company is targeting a fight between Dern and top strawweight contender Marina Rogriguez. As the bout is not yet completely official, it does not have a date certain.
Mackenzie Dern is the daughter of jiu-jitsu legend Wellington “Megaton” Dias. She is in her own right an incredibly accomplished grappler, with a 2015 IBJJF black belt world championship, as well as a 2015 no-gi absolute world championship. She holds notable wins over Gabi Garcia, Pati Fontes, and Tammi Musumeci.
In MMA, Dern is one of the division’s most dangerous submission threats. With an 11-1 professional record, Dern is currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes submissions against Nina Nunes, Randa Markos, and Hannah Cifers. Another win could put Dern in position for the next title shot.