It was just three months ago that Mackenzie Dern notched her latest first-round submission victory over established veteran Randa Markos. Backstage that evening, I told her that she made it look easy. She smiled, and as modestly as she could, admitted that…it kind of was.

“When I was on the ground, it was almost like being in a jiu-jitsu tournament,” she beamed, recalling her formative years under father/coach/BJJ legend Megaton Dias. “I threw maybe five or six punches in the whole fight. It was my home, so it definitely felt kind of easy on the ground. I started jiu-jitsu when I was three years old, so the girls are going to have to do a lot of jiu-jitsu to get to the same [level].”

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When you’re a black belt in BJJ with the kind of pedigree Dern boasts, things are bound to come easy on the ground. But things get complicated when you meet an opponent with a nearly identical skill set and passion, like she does when she meets Virna Jandiroba this Saturday at UFC 256.

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