Mackenzie Dern announces pregnancy, fighting career on hold

Mackenzie Dern announced her pregnancy and has put her fighting career – both in MMA and in BJJ on hold indefinitely.

Dern took to Instagram to share the news along with boyfriend Wesley Santos, a Brazilian professional surfer.

Dern, undefeated as a strawweight in MMA with a record of 7-0, hasn’t fought in the UFC since May. She is, of course, the daughter of decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Wellington “Megaton” Dias.

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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 🙏🏼 @santoswesley ❤️ I also want to thank all my fans and sponsors for the support during all the life phases and I can’t wait to be back in the ring! 🥊🥋 • • • • • Deus faz tudo perfeito!!! Estou muito feliz em poder dividir com vcs essa notícia! Vou ser Mãe!!!! Amo tanto essa minha família, agora tenho mais uma motivação dentro e fora do octógono!! Que esse/essa bebe venha com muita saúde. Agradeço Deus por essa benção 🙏🏼 @santoswesley ❤️. Também quero agradecer todos meus fãs e patrocinadores pelo apoio durante todas as fases da vida e não vejo a hora de voltar as lutas🥋🥊

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”God makes everything so perfect,” Dern wrote in a statement. “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.”

Dern competed in Legacy FC, LFA and Invicta before heading to the UFC. In her two UFC bouts, Dern has defeated Ashley Yoder and Amanda Cooper.

Congratulations to both Mackenzie and Wesley!