Mackenzie Dern is one of the names you need to know in combat sports.
The jiu jitsu ace made her transition to mixed martial arts earlier this year and has since racked up two professional wins in 2016, making the 23 year old as one of the most promising women’s MMA prospects in the sport.
This weekend, Dern added yet another championship to her resume.
Dern traveled to Japan to compete in the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo tournament. As you would expect from the world’s top female BJJ black belt competitor, she came away atop the podium. Dern used to leg locks to earn the championship, making it a quick weekend on the mats.
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Derns win at Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo comes fresh on the heels of her remarkable submission victory over Montana Stewart at Legacy FC 61 in Dallas last weekend. Not only was it a statement victory for Dern, it was one of the best submissions of the year.
Thanks to very little damage being taken, Dern will hopefully be ready to return to the cage sooner rather than later. Who knows, perhaps a call from Invicta Fighting Championships could something to watch for, but it would likely be best to allow the promising prospect to come along slowly before bumping up the level of competition.