Jiu jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern is one of the most promising prospects in mixed martial arts and has generated plenty of buzz during her transition to MMA.
Now, she is back in the headlines after revealing she hopes to make the move to the sport’s top promotion, the UFC, later this year.
In an interview with Flo Combat, Dern said she hopes to make her UFC debut at some point this summer.
“Right now I did the Europeans this year. I came back and had a superfight for ‘Fight to Win,'” Dern said. “I would like to do the Pan American Championships, which is one weekend after my upcoming MMA fight so I’m hoping I don’t get injured. Right now I am [ranked] No. 1 in the world [in jiu-jitsu], so I would like to go into the UFC being No. 1 in the world. The ranking finishes at the Worlds, then hopefully I can make my debut in the UFC this year, maybe in June or July. I would like to do that.
“I told myself when I’m in the UFC then I’ll be 100 percent [MMA]. Maybe if I don’t have a fight coming up maybe I’ll do a superfight or do the ADCC, but not doing all these other tournaments I’ve been doing so much. It’s addicting. So addicting.”
Dern, the No. 1 female jiu jitsu practictioner in the world, is currently 2-0 in her professional MMA career. Her most recent win came at Legacy FC 61 in Oct. 2016 when she scored an impressive Imanari choke.
Dern is set to return to action on March 10 against Katherine Roy at Legacy Fighting Alliance 6.
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