Video: Watch a Mackenzie Dern get the tap in her Invicta FC debut

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Dann StuppMackenzie Dern made a successful Invicta FC debut – and showed off some improved striking – in Friday’s Invicta FC 26 co-headliner.

Dern (5-0), a 24-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion grappler, continued an undefeated start to her MMA career with a third-round submission victory over Kaline Medeiros (8-6).

The fight, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., expectedly featured some grappling, but Dern, an LFA vet who turned pro just 16 months ago, also displayed some much-improved striking.

Check out the highlights above as Dern uses some early striking, inlacing some overhand rights and knees, to eventually set up the fight-ending armbar.

Also on the card, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (15-4-1) defended her title with a rather lopsided unanimous-decision victory over game challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-1) in the headliner.

It marked the 29-year-old Brazilian’s second title defense and pushed her winning streak to six.

Check out the highlights from the full eight-bout card above.

And for more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Invicta FC 26 results: Mackenzie Dern shows improved striking en route to submission win

If Mackenzie Dern had any jitters ahead of her Invicta FC debut, it didn’t show in her handling of seasoned opponent Kaline Medeiros.

While it was her well known jiu-jitsu that ultimately sealed the deal in the Invicta FC 26 co-headliner, Dern (5-0) showed she wasn’t afraid to keep the fight standing. It wasn’t flawless, as Dern herself admitted, but the strides made by the undefeated prospect in her striking were once again on display as she pushed around Medeiros (8-6) at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

After rocking Medeiros a couple of times, Dern found the fight-ending armbar in the third round of the strawweight bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass. It was the third submission win of the jiu-jitsu expert’s rapidly rising pro career. In October, Dern choked out Mandy Polk at LFA 24 after rocking her with strikes.

Dern and Medeiros didn’t waste much time studying each other, engaging in some striking early in Round 1. Dern threw low kicks and haymakers with gusto, while Medeiros, more tentative, mostly avoided the strikes and picked her shots. Medeiros slammed Dern’s back to the ground but didn’t seem particularly interested in following Dern.

After the first half of the frame, Dern landed a strong punch that had Medeiros clearly disoriented. A high kick by Dern also made its way to a slightly disgruntled Medeiros later in the round.

Dern remained aggressive early in Round 2, but that also exposed her to some counters. Overall, the second frame involved more clinch work. After controlling Dern against the cage, Medeiros faced a dilemma: She got the takedown, but that led to her being on the ground with Dern. The grappling expert landed in an unfavorable position but was quick to make the necessary adjustments. Dern’s chase for Medeiros’ leg didn’t pan out, but things didn’t get much better for Medeiros after that as Dern was soon in full mount, raining down the punishment. By the final seconds, Medeiros was turtled up, barely defending herself.

Dern landed yet another solid punch to start Round 3, but Medeiros was able to annul her offense as she pressed Dern against the cage. Dern didn’t surrender looking for takedowns but couldn’t succeed. As the two broke up, Medeiros got a solid punch in, but nothing that deterred Dern. Once again, the fighters were pressed against the cage, though this time Medeiros was unable to resist the takedown. Dern almost was immediately in full mount, while Medeiros desperately held on to her head. Dern moved quickly, grabbing ahold of Medeiros’ arm to lock in the finish.

After tapping at the 4:45 mark of Round 3, Medeiros is on a two-fight skid that includes a decision loss to ex-champ Angela Hill.

Official Invicta FC 26 results include:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Kaline Medeiros via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 4:45
  • Janaisa Morandin def. Kinberly Novaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27)
  • Vanessa Porto def. Milana Dudieva via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:02
  • Virna Jandiroba def. Amy Montenegro via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:50
  • Amber Brown def. Tessa Simpson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:50
  • Karina Rodriguez def. Christine Ferea via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kay Hansen def.  Emilee Prince via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:23

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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With Mizuki Inoue injured, Invicta FC 26 gets new co-headliner as card finalized

With a few late changes, the official fight card is finalized for Invicta FC 26.

The event takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Officials announced on Monday that Japanese strawweight Mizuki Inoue (12-4) has been forced off the card for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Kinberly Novaes (9-3) has stepped in as a replacement and now fights Janaisa Morandin (9-1).

However, due to the change, the bout has been moved down the fight card and will no longer co-headline. Instead, a recently announced fight between top prospect Mackenzie Dern (4-0), a jiu-jitsu specialist with a large fan following, and former title challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-5) has been elevated to co-main-event status.

Additionally, a fight between Invicta FC newcomers and first-time pros Kay Hansen (0-0) and Emilee Prince (0-0), who meet at strawweight, has been added to the card and kicks off the event.

The full Invicta FC 26 lineup includes:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Janaisa Morandin vs. Kinberly Novaes
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amy Montenegro
  • Amber Brown vs. Tessa Simpson
  • Christine Ferea vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Kay Hansen vs. Emilee Prince

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern signs with Invicta FC, meets Kaline Medeiros in Kansas City

Mackenzie Dern is heading to Invicta FC with an eye on staying unbeaten in her pro career.

Dern (4-0) will fight former title challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-5) at Invicta FC 26 next month. UFC officials announced the flyweight booking today after Dern announced her signing with the promotion on The MMA Hour.

Invicta FC 26 takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Renowned jiu-jitsu practitioner Dern is only a little more than a year into her pro MMA career. A month ago, she moved to 4-0 with a first-round submission of Mandy Polk at LFA 24. In March, she took a unanimous decision from Katherine Roy at LFA 6. In 2016, she won her first two pro bouts under the Legacy FC banner before that promotion merged with RFA.

Kaline Medeiros

Medeiros is coming off a decision loss to Angela Hill a year ago at Invicta FC 20 in a strawweight title bout. Hill went on to vacate her title to re-sign with the UFC. Prior to that, she had a five-fight winning streak, including a submission at Bellator 140 and two wins for Invicta FC.

The Invicta FC 26 card now includes:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mizuki Inoue vs. Janaisa Morandin
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amy Montenegro
  • Amber Brown vs. Tessa Simpson
  • Christine Ferea vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kaline Medeiros

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Usually the one eating punches in training, LFA's Mackenzie Dern happy to land some of her own

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For someone who “never wanted to do MMA,” one could say Mackenzie Dern is doing rather well for herself.

Earlier this month, Dern (4-0) added a fourth win to her professional MMA record with a rear-naked choke submission of Mandy Polk (3-4). While getting a finish on the ground is not exactly something we wouldn’t expect from the grappling ace, this time Dern got to show off some hands, as well.

While Dern eventually ended on her area of expertise, what got LFA 24’s flyweight bout there wasn’t a takedown – it was a series of punches, capped off by a massive right hand. Dern’s evolution isn’t lost on the jiu-jitsu world champ, herself, who’s glad to be the one in the distributing end of the strikes for once.

“All my teammates, they know me, they know my game – they know I’m a ground girl,” Dern recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “Even on my training and everything, I’m usually on the short end of the stick, getting punched in the face. I’m not going to lie, to be able to set up my submission by punches felt really good.

“I even kind of felt like a payback. Like, ‘Man, I look so aggressive, and so mean.’ And I’m not a mean person. But it felt good to throw punches and the punches to connect – not just throw and miss.”

The match was also Dern’s first stab at the flyweight division, after a few issues making the 115-pound strawweight limit. It was Dern’s second pro MMA win to come via rear-naked choke submission (the other two were unanimous decisions).

To this day, Dern can’t say she “loves to get punched in the face.” But, as a “fighter at heart,” she’s clearly been managing just fine. Which can certainly help explain why her transition to MMA from one of the most accomplished jiu-jitsu careers of its era has been proving a successful one.

But occasionally getting lit up in practice is not the only aspect of the transition to MMA that has taken some adjusting.

“I think it’s hard because the MMA community is different than the jiu-jitsu community,” Dern said. “I’m kind of getting used to it. I know one day they’re going to like me, the other day maybe they’re going to hate me.

“It’s very back and forth. But I’m excited to come into this new world, these new challenges. I’m having lots of fun. I’m loving the journey.”

It’s certainly been quite the progress for a 24-year-old who, not that long ago, didn’t even consider MMA as a career. In fact, she – as well as her father, jiu-jitsu master Wellington “Megaton” Dias – were against the idea. But, after years of competing at the highest level of her original sport, Dern started growing impatient.

“I love to learn and I was missing that in jiu-jitsu,” Dern said. “Not that I wasn’t evolving anymore, but it was just very slow process.”

So, what started as a way to add another daily training session and improve her signature ground game morphed into something else. Add to that a highly victorious 2016 and timing and you have all the elements for what has so far been an encouraging experiment.

“I had one of the greatest years, and that was like, ‘OK, I’ve accomplished everything, I’m young. What can I do next?’” Mackenzie said. “That year, I’d actually started training MMA to help my jiu-jitsu, to have one more training a day. And everyone at the academy was starting to like, ‘You should do it.’

“And I said, ‘OK.’ Once I won everything, that was the next step. Like, ‘I’m ready for this new challenge.’ And, if anything, I could always come back to jiu-jitsu. That was my biggest thing: I’m young enough that, it doesn’t work out, I can come back.”

Whatever the future may hold, she is certainly off to a good start.

To hear from Dern, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren, John Castaneda

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren and John Castaneda.

Dern submitted submitted Mandy Polk this past week at LFA 24. Shlemenko headlines Friday’s Bellator 185 event against Gegard Mousasi. McLaren is CEO of Combate Americas, and Castaneda is part of the organization’s $100,000 single-night tournament on Nov. 11.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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LFA 24 highlights: Mackenzie Dern's finishing choke, Curtis Millender's brutal KO in headliner

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Curtis Millender and Mackenzie Dern were the stars of LFA 24, earning impressive finishes in their bouts.

LFA 24 took place Friday from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and aired live on AXS TV.

In the main event, four-time Bellator veteran Millender (13-3) helped his cause to return to the big stage with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Matthew Frincu (11-3) in just 38 seconds of their welterweight contest. The two explosive fighters came out looking to bang, but it was Millender who patiently absorbed blows before countering with a right high kick that landed flush on the chin and sent Frincu crashing to the canvas.

In a featured women’s flyweight fight, jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern (4-0) earned another submission win by locking in a rear-naked choke to make Mandy Polk (3-4) tap out at the 2:55 mark of the first round. What stood out, though, was the fact that Dern’s striking – not her grappling – set up the finisher.

Watch the full highlights above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern just as curious as you are for how she'll fare at flyweight at LFA 24

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After fighting at strawweight for her first three MMA bouts, Mackenzie Dern is hoping a change to flyweight will make life a little easier.

The weight cuts to get to 115 pounds weren’t fun for Dern (3-0), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler. She failed to make weight for her past two wins in Legacy FC and LFA. But tonight, at LFA 24, Dern gives 125 pounds a try against Mandy Polk (3-3).

LFA 24 takes place tonight at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The main card airs on AXS TV.

Apart from the easier weight cut, Dern said she’s just as curious as anyone how she’ll fare in the new division.

“It’s hard for me to say what I’m going to improve on now,” Dern told former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano ahead of the fight. “But I think just that it’s a new (weight class), that’s going to be a good test for me – if I try to stay at 125, or if I try to do the sacrifice to go back to 115. It’s going to be a surprise for me, too, how I feel my opponent is – if I feel she’s stronger than me, or if I feel good here. It’s going to be a surprise for me, just like everyone else.”

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.

“From what I know about her, she’s a wrestler,” Dern said. “I’m a jiu-jitsu girl, so for me to be on the ground is OK. I imagine she probably wants to be on top and ground-and-pound.”

To hear more from Dern with Zingano, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Ahead of Friday's LFA 24, watch top prospect Mackenzie Dern in action

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Mackenzie Dern has long been considered a top prospect in women’s MMA, and with a move to the flyweight division, she may finally be ready to truly come into her own.

After struggling to make the strawweight limit early in her career, the multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion now makes that move at Friday’s LFA 24 event, which takes place at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and airs on AXS TV. Dern (3-0) meets Mandy Polk (3-3) in a 125-pound contest.

Ahead of that matchup, and courtesy of AXS TV Fights, check out Dern’s most recent outing, a March decision win over Katherine Roy, who was able to take the catchweight fight the distance but ultimately lost via unanimous decision at LFA 6.

Is Dern a future star in the women’s flyweight division? She’ll try to take another step in that direction at LFA 24.

For more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern gets 125-pound opponent for LFA 24

Standout grappler Mackenzie Dern is moving up to flyweight for a bout at LFA 24.

LFA officials today told MMAjunkie 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. She’s 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, today announced her return at LFA 24 but didn’t state an opponent (via Instagram):

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According to LFA officials, Dern will first defend her -60kg ADCC title this weekend in Finland.

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 now includes:

  • Matthew Frincu vs. Curtis Millender
  • Joey Miolla vs. Vinicius Zani
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Mandy Polk

For more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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