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Mackenzie Dern Eyeing ADCC Comeback In 2024

Mackenzie Dern Eyeing ADCC Comeback In 2024

UFC star and former ADCC Champion Mackenzie Dern wants to return to the biggest tournament in grappling later this year

Feb 16, 2024 by Joe Gilpin
Mackenzie Dern Eyeing ADCC Comeback In 2024

Mackenzie Dern has big plans for 2024 and that includes a possible return to the toughest tournament in submission grappling. The UFC contender says she wants to compete at ADCC in 2024, having previously won the -60kg division in 2015, in addition to competing in MMA.

Dern said in an interview with BJJ Doc, "I would like to get the belt. I really believe even though I’m coming off a loss, I feel like I’m closer to the belt now, just off where I’m at in my life and how much I can dedicate to training and focus on this and prepare for it."

"So, definitely the belt. And also to just I mean… really working on stamping, like who I am in the fighting world, you know, the fight industry. I would like to make an appearance at the ADCC at the end of the year, come back and going to the ADCC, and that’s a competition that I won as a  former champion. So it has a very special place in my heart."

Dern hasn't competed in submission grappling since the 2017 ADCC World Championships, where she lost in the first round. Since then, she has had a very successful MMA career where she has headlined multiple UFC cards. Mackenzie has won championships in the gi and no-gi, and was at one point the #1 ranked black belt by the IBJJF.

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