Undefeated prospect Mackenzie Dern might be putting her professional mixed martial arts career on hold but she will soon have a bigger motivation to fight.
The UFC strawweight has been missing in actions for nine months and might be out for quite some time as she recently announced that she is expecting her first child.
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Taking to Instagram, the 25-year-old Dern announced that she “is going to be a mom,” stressing that her first child with boyfriend, Wesley Santos, will be her huge motivation inside and outside the sport.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist wrote on her personal IG account while posting a candid photo with her partner:
”God makes everything so perfect. I am so happy to be able to share this news! I’m going to be a mom! I love so much our family and now I have one more huge motivation for inside and outside the ring!!”
“Thank you God for this blessing. I can’t wait to be back in the ring.”
The American strawweight is currently 2-0 at UFC. She made her debut in March 2018 at UFC 222, winning a split decision against Ashley Yoder before submitting Amanda Cooper with a rear naked choke in May.
Before going spotless in the Nevada-based promotion, Dern brought her talent first at Legacy Fighting Championship, where she collected a clean 4-0 slate. She also had a short stint at Invicta, tallying a submission win in her lone bout to go 5-0 in her pre-UFC professional career.
The Arizona native was rumoured to return to the cage next month, but with the news of her pregnancy, fans would have to wait a little longer before they can see Dern compete again.
Mackenzie have been criticised for missing weight in three occassions in her young career, but insisted that she will stay at strawweight and will not move at flyweight.
But even the BJJ ace herself was not happy with these unfortunate experiences during weigh ins. In a post-fight interview last year, Dern said she was ashamed of missing the 115-lb limit.
“I’m ashamed of that. I don’t want that to happen again.”
“I can tell you 10,000 excuses, but I really believe that what happened with my weight is way back months ago in my last fight.
“I think I need to get my diet right and the fact I was able to do it before, I thought I knew what I was doing. A lot of things have been happening. It’s not an excuse, missed flights and a lot of things happened and I just kept going and going.”
“There were champions who popped for cocaine and things like that. For me, it is a mistake. The UFC is investing in me and I’m going to work with them for that to never happen again,” she ended.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Mackenzie Dern)