Plenty of BJJ champions try to make the transition to MMA and fizzle out. Sure there are exceptions like Jacare Souza and Demian Maia. But there are more BJJ-turned-MMA careers that are short lived than there are careers that wind up in the UFC title picture in their respective divisions. After the ‘humanization’ and downright destruction of Judo Olympian turned UFC superstar Ronda Rousey, a void has been left in the women’s MMA space, just waiting for the next superstar. With names like Cyborg and Jedrzejczyk all vying for that spot, Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu icon Mackenzie Dern is a name that is ringing more and more bells in the womens MMA world lately.
At just 23 years of age and three professional mixed martial arts bouts to her credit, Dern is already being scouted by the worlds leading mixed martial arts promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. During an interview with TMZ reporters, Dana White acknowledged the possibility of Dern becoming ‘the next Rousey’:
We’ve been checking her out. She’s a little bad ass, You never know how good somebody’s going to be until they get in there and start fighting the best in the world.
Obviously, she has a lot of potential, but will she be another Ronda [Rousey]? I don’t know.