One of the sports brightest prospects has taken the next step in her MMA career.
Decorated jiu-jitsu champion Mackenzie Dern announced Monday on The MMA Hour that she has signed a multi-fight deal with all-female promotion Invicta FC.
Dern said Monday that her Invicta FC debut will be on Dec. 8 in a strawweight bout against one-time title challenger Kaline Medeiros.
Regarded a one of the top female prospects in the sport, Dern (4-0) was the No. 1 ranked womens jiu-jitsu player in the world when she announced her intentions to transition into MMA in late 2015. Dern is the daughter of famed Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Wellington "Megaton" Dias. She is one of only a few women to hold a tournament victory over jiu-jitsu giant Gabi Garcia.
A 24-year-old Arizona native, Dern has won all four of her professional fights under the Legacy FC and LFA banners, showcasing her world-class mat skills with a trio of submission finishes. In just her second fight, Dern landed on many of 2016s Submission of Year lists for her highlight-reel, first-round omoplata/rear-naked choke submission over TUF 26 quarterfinalist Montana Stewart. Last month, Dern showcased her improved striking game as well, downing Mandy Polk with a hard right hand before tapping the veteran with a first-round rear-naked choke at LFA 24.