Six Rising Women’s MMA Stars To Watch For


Mackenzie Dern

5. Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern is a highly decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who currently ranks at #1 in IBJJF rankings. She began training when she was just 4 years old under her father Wellington “Megaton” Dias, who himself is one of the top ranking BJJ practitioners in the world.

At only 23 years old, Dern is already a black belt in BJJ and and holds world championships in both gi and no-gi competitions. She is currently in transition to an MMA career, having made her debut at Legacy FC 58 against Kenia Rosas on July 22nd. She won the fight via dominant unanimous decision, signifying that her career is one to watch closely.

  • Juchi

    It would seem that you have the words “stars” and prospects mixed up. Given that a
    number of these girls have yet to even fight in MMA, calling them MMA stars is
    a bit premature. Noticeably missing, especially since you included well
    established Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is Angela Lee, who as a rookie last year won
    submission of the year, and this year, at the ripe old age of 19, became the youngest fighter to win a title in in a major organization in what many consider a fight of the year
    contender with Mei Yamaguchi.

    • marshall

      they are all stars in combat sports even if only 1 is in the ufc.

      • Juchi

        The article is headlined, “Six Rising Women’s MMA Stars.” 3 of them have yet to fight their first MMA fight so are hardly MMA stars. The article should have been headlined, ” Six newcomers to MMA have the potential to be Stars.” Angela Lee is not in the UFC, she’s in One Championship but despite only having been in MMA a little over a year, she is 6-0 and a tile holder. How could one note 3 fighters that haven’t yet fought in MMA as stars and leave out Lee or even Invicta’s Jinh Yu Frey, who up until her last fight, had fought no one of note and may next be challenging for the title?

        On the other hand, Aldano, Kowlkiewicz and Grasso are well experienced so why are they even mentioned?

        • marshall

          I get it miss titled but dern and tiffany are world champs other combat sports. dern did win her first fight as well.i bet tiffany first mma fight will be before the year over.