Mackenzie Dern Pulls Off Stunning Submission Win

Mackenzie Dern pulled off a stunning submission at Legacy FC 61 when she tapped out Montana Stewart in the first round.

Mackenzie Dern is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is ranked as the number one female black belt in the world. Competing in only her 2nd MMA fight Mackenzie demonstrated her superior grappling skills when she pulled off a rear naked choked to submit her opponent after some smooth transitions on the ground. This submission is already being considered for submission of the year by MMA fans and journalists.

Mackenzie only decided to make her way over to the MMA world in 2015 when she started training at MMA lab. Speaking in an interview last year with MMA Fighting Dern said :

It was hard, and a lot different from my training in jiu-jitsu, I’m always too emotional during my camps. I’m the type of person that is always worse in training then when I’m competing. I get submitted in training, swept, and everything goes right in the tournaments. I get emotional in my jiu-jitsu camps, and I felt this way in my MMA camp.

Mackenzie made her MMA debut at Legacy FC 58 in Lake Charleson the 22nd of July 2016 and defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. Speaking in her post-fight press conference Mackenzie said :

I could have went for the armbar and saw that her arm was really flexible, I went for the toehold. I figured if her arm was flexible, than her feet were flexible too. I obviously didn’t want to go three rounds. I tried to practice my punching, but she defends very well. I was happy with my performance.

Mackenzie also added :

I didn’t hear a noise but it was backwards. She has some flexibility so that’s maybe why they thought it was a good match-up. She punches really hard and I tried to punch hard too. I was glad I was able to take it to the ground all three rounds.

The future looks bright for Mackenzie Dern with her world class grappling being too much for her strawweight opponents. A big question about Mackenzie’s MMA game now is her stand up if she was to come up against an elite of the elite striker would she be able to hold her own ? Because of her incredible Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, Mackenzie is considered one-dimensional by her opponents who know if they keep the fight standing then they have a real chance. An example of someone who only uses one aspect of MMA fighting is UFC Welterweight contender Demian Maia who has submitted his last 4 opponents with ease and has received little to no damage in those fights.

With Mackenzie’s vast BJJ experience it is highly unlikely she will face anyone inside the octagon who she can’t submit on the ground. If Mackenzie keeps her focus and keeps training in MMA she will be a champion in no time.

Sean Walker
I am an enthusiastic freelance sports writer from Ireland specializing in football, MMA and BJJ. I have been involved in sports my whole life, it has shaped my character and it is something I am very passionate about. I train in MMA and BJJ so I pride myself on knowing the sport inside out so I can get the most out of my articles. I am a full time student studying Health and Fitness in Ireland and I hope to pursue a career in sports while also trying to excel in my writing career. I write for Athena Sports Net while also writing for other websites who request my work.