One of the biggest names in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is looking to become one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts . . . by next year!
BJJ black belt and multiple-time gold medalist, Mackenzie Dern, thinks she may be able to fight for a UFC title by the end of 2017.
“I learn fast. I think that as long as I keep evolving, that’s the plan. I’m not gonna give up on what I have planned. I think I’m doing good, just to get used to it and keep being confident and trust. There’s so much stuff that my coaches taught me. But I think for my first fight was able to have that come out. I’m excited to start testing more my stand-up but, of course, I’m never gonna take away my jiu-jitsu. I’ll always go to jiu-jitsu, but I’m still confident with that goal. I think that maybe by the end of 2017 I can try for a title. We’ll see. Who knows? You never know. But that’s the goal.”
You can catch Dern’s entire interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour here: