Mackenzie Dern had to battle for all 3 rounds but she returned to the win column with a hard fought split decision victory over Tecia Torres.
Mackenzie Dern : vs Tecia torres | Husband split
Mackenzie Lynne Dern Santos is an American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
|Born||Mackenzie Lynne Dern
March 24, 1993
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Nationality||American and Brazilian|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
She is a former world No. 1 ranked IBJJF competitor, currently ranked 6th among the female divisions. She is an ADCC and no gi BJJ (black belt) World Champion.
As of August 23, 2022, she is #5 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings and as of May 23, 2022, she is #13 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Vs Tecia torres
Tecia Torres feels she did not do everything she could to win against Mackenzie Dern. Their strawweight bout at UFC 273 ended in a split-decision win for Dern.
Following her loss, Torres posted on Instagram stating that she felt she had won the first and third rounds:
“My heart is heavy I wish I would have pushed a little more tonight. Came up short in a split decision. I really felt I had rounds 1 & 3. Stats agree as well ehhh s**t happens when you leave it to the judges. Back to the gym. I am proud of my improvements.”
According to official stats, Dern threw 164 strikes in total, landing only 58 of them. Meanwhile, Tecia Torres threw 126 strikes with 78 of them hitting their mark.
‘The Tiny Tornado’ was also more accurate with her significant strikes, landing 76 of 124 to Dern’s 50 of 156. There were no takedown attempts from either fighter. However, Mackenzie Dern made three different submission attempts.
The loss to Dern ended Torres’ three-fight win streak. Coming into the bout, she had defeated Angela Hill, Sam Hughes and Brianna Fortino.
Tecia Torres also congratulated her fiance Raquel Pennington on her victory. Pennington fought on the preliminary card at UFC 273 and defeated Aspen Ladd by unanimous decision.
Mackenzie Dern Husband split
Mackenzie Dern is married to surfer Wesley Santos. In an interview given to MMA Fighting, Dern described her husband as a “surfer with totally good vibes.”
The couple made headlines after Dern revealed that her husband got into a scuffle with her head coach which led her to change her gym. Dern explained the situation was about money and addressed the topic openly with the media. Here’s what she said.
“So my husband talked to him. My husband’s like this surfer guy, you know, totally good vibes, afro, definitely not the fighter style. He went to go talk to him and [Gomez] was just like, ‘No, if you want to come to the academy, come to the academy and we’ll talk,’ and hung up. We went to the academy and he just swept dirt onto my husband, pushed him, and my husband pushed him back and they just went into a fistfight. It wasn’t like a brawl, a crazy brawl, it was like a street fight or technical fistfight. Back and forth, my husband’s doing feints, and I’m like, ‘Where is he learning all this?’ It was so crazy.”
Mackenzie Dern took a break from MMA to welcome her daughter, Moa into the world. Dern’s daughter Moa was born on June 9, 2019. Dern has roots in Brazil. She is the daughter of legendary Wellington “Megaton” Dias and is a sixth-degree Black belt under Royler Gracie.