VIDEO | Mackenzie Dern scores a victory over Gabi Garcia at Abu Dhabi in 2015

September 4, 2016 3:40 pm by Chris Taylor
Legacy Fighting Championship

23-year-old strawweight fighter Mackenzie Dern made her professional mixed martial arts debut at July’s Legacy Fighting Championship 58 event in Louisiana, where she earned a unanimous decision victory over Kenia Rosas.

The famed Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Dern, is an ADCC submission wrestling world champion as well as a no gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.

In the above video, Mackenzie Dern takes on Gabi Garcia in an open-weight contest at Abu Dhabi in 2015.

(Pictured: Gabi Garcia with former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva)

Although Dern is at an incredible size disadvantage against Garcia, she is able to utilize some slick transitions and good movement to keep Garcia from ever getting a dominant position or submission hold during the contest.

Mackenzie Dern has stated that she hopes to be fighting under the UFC banner in 2017 and added that she has her eyes set on “Joanna Champion’s” strawweight gold.

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