MMA fighter, multiple-time BJJ World Champion, and one of the most famous athletes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — Mackenzie Dern, is moving up in weight in mixed martial arts for a bout at LFA 24.
Legacy Fighting Alliance officials previously reported to MMA Junkie that Dern (3-0) will fight Mandy Polk (3-3) at the October show. LFA 24 takes place Oct. 13 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, and the main card, including Dern vs. Polk, airs on AXS TV.
Dern, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler, made her highly publicized pro-MMA debut in 2016 as a strawweight. Shehas been one of the most watched prospects making the rise up through the MMA ranks after entering the sport in 2016.
Mackenzie’s record so far is 3-0, but in her past two wins – for Legacy FC and then LFA – she failed to make the 116-pound strawweight limit. The 24-year-old Arizona native, who scored a decision victory over Katherine Roy in her most recent bout, recently announced her return at LFA 24 but didn’t state an opponent (via Instagram).
According to LFA officials, Dern will first defend her -60kg ADCC title this weekend in Finland.
So happy to announce my next MMA fight on October 13th, for @lfafighting !! I will be fighting at 125lbs and best is that It will be in Phoenix, AZ so I am so excited to have all the support at my fight! Stay tuned for ticket info!! Let's do this! #cantstopwontstop
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Her upcoming MMA opponent, Polk, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who’s an RFA vet and IFBB professional fitness competitor. The 32-year-old made her pro MMA debut in 2014. The high-school wrestling coach was on a three-fight winning streak before a December loss to Katy Collins at RFA 46.
The latest LFA 24 card so far looks like this:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
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