10 of the best Mackenzie Dern social media posts ahead of her return to the Octagon.
UPDATE -- Shortly after this story was published it was announced by MMA Fighting that Dern and Hill would be moved from UFC Charlotte and placed in the main event slot at UFC Vegas 73. This change was due to the previously scheduled main event between Irene Aldana and Raquel Pennington being scrapped so that Aldana could replace Julianna Peña at UFC 289.
Dern's reputation in the UFC has slowly grown to be that of one who might challenge for the title someday. She's gone 7-3 under the promotions banner including wins over Nina Nunes, Virna Jandiroba, Randa Markos, Hannah Cifers, and most recently Tecia Torres.
Ahead of her return to the cage we take a look at 10 of the best photos shared by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist.
One of Dern's biggest inspirations is her daughter Moa.
"Before my daughter was born, I thought I was focused at the time, [but] now I see how [I was] kind of a little more rebellious [when I was younger]," she told TMZ shortly after her daughter was born.
Mackenzie Dern husband: Is Mackenzie Dern single?
Dern was previously married to professional surfer Wesley Santos but confirmed that the pair had split after some speculation surrounding the change in her social media activity.
“Yes, guys, I am single. I have been single for a while now, a few months. Everything is good, we are taking care of our daughter. Hope you guys respect our decision to separate and grow apart. Thankful for everything I have had with Wesley and I wish him all the best in his life," Dern said during an Instagram storyQ&A session.
Dern is looking to be submitting her opponents, according to an interview with MMA Junkie in February.
“As Mackenzie the jiu-jitsu world champion, if I’m on the ground, I should be submitting any of the girls. So in that way, I’m always going to push myself. That’s why I’m training so much jiu-jitsu just to keep […] jiu-jitsu is always my last priority, a little bit, because I was trying to get my striking up to where it needs to be, my takedowns, all these things," she told the outlet.
“But now, I’m just like, ‘Okay, I’m getting it to the ground now, but I need to finish it.’ I only have five minutes to get to the ground, to submit, and we still have punches and all these things. So I need to be on point with my jiu-jitsu.”