Mackenzie Dern


Injury Thumb
Est. Return 10/9/2021
Given six-month medical suspension
April 13, 2021
Dern has been medically suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission following Saturday's UFC on ABC 2 bout versus Nina Nunes due to a positive result on an X-ray of her right thumb, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Dern didn't take long to pick up the win over Nunes in Saturday's bout, forcing her to tap late in the first round via armbar. Unfortunately, she didn't escape unscathed and will now have to gain clearance from a doctor to retake the Octagon before Oct. 8.
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Quickly taps Nina Nunes
April 10, 2021
Dern defeated Nina Nunes via submission (armbar) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The improvement of Dern is clear, and she is a legitimate future title contender at 115 pounds. She blew the doors of the returning Nunes in this one despite entering as a baffling +110 underdog. The two women went back and forth on the feet for the first minute or so before Dern eventually scored a takedown and worked to nearly rip Nunes' arm off. No woman on the UFC roster can come close to hanging with Dern on the mat. She's making clear improvements on the feet too, and that may very well be all it takes in order for her to challenge for a championship. Dern has won three straight and is looking at a high-profile opponent her next time out. She'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts.
Expected to face Nina Ansaroff
December 21, 2020
Dern is expected to take on Nina Ansaroff on April 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The matchup hasn't been officially signed, but both sides reportedly like the arrangement, so it sounds as if it's set to go forward. Dern is riding a three-fight winning streak, winning a pair of first-round submissions before requiring the full three rounds to defeat Virna Jandiroba by unanimous decision in December. Ansaroff hasn't won a fight since 2018, as she lost by unanimous decision against Tatiana Suarez in her only 2019 fight before taking time off for the birth of her daughter.
Wins unexpected brawl
December 12, 2020
Dern defeated Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Of course, a battle between two of the UFC's most talented mat specialists quickly turned into an all-out brawl. Dern got the better of it, but it didn't come easily. Both women looked awkward and uncomfortable when forced to spend an extended time on the feet, and that was painfully evident here. Dern and Jandiroba spent the vast majority of the bout flinging wild haymakers at each other. Dern landed the more powerful shots but also ate a knee to the face that busted her nose in the process. It was nice to see Dern win something other than a ground battle, but it's difficult to imagine her getting where she wants to go in the women's strawweight division on the strength of anything other than her submission game. The 27-year-old has won three in a row and improves to 4-1 with the UFC.
Set to face Virna Jandiroba
October 9, 2020
Dern will take on Virna Jandiroba at UFC 256 in Las Vegas on Dec. 12, reports.
Both fighters have lost once with the UFC, their only professional losses, with Dern winning three matches and Jandiroba winning two. Both are also coming off two-fight winning streaks. Dern defeated Hannah Cifers in May and Randa markos in September, both via first-round submissions.
Easily submits Randa Markos
September 19, 2020
Dern defeated Randa Markos via submission (armbar) at 3:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Dern is a below-average striker, but she is arguably the most talented submission specialist in all of women's mixed martial arts these days, and that skill set will allow her to blow the doors off her competition whenever they are foolish enough to engage her in a ground battle (as Markos did Saturday). Dern is still just 27 years of age, so there is hope she can improve her stand-up over time. She is so good on the mat that she would become a legitimate title contender if she is able to eventually get to just solid-average on the feet. Life is great in the meantime, however, as Dern will walk away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts.