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Mackenzie Dern announces pregnancy, puts fighting career on hold

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Mackenzie Dern
BJJ specialist Mackenzie Dern is 7-0 as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.
E. Casey Leydon, MMA Fighting

Mackenzie Dern won’t be fighting any time soon in the UFC, and it’s for a good reason.

The undefeated strawweight, who last competed in the UFC in May 2018, announced on Friday that she’s expecting a baby with her boyfriend Wesley Santos, a professional surfer from Brazil.

”God makes everything so perfect,” Dern wrote on social media. “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 (7-0) has gone unbeaten inside the Legacy FC, LFA and Invicta FC cages before making the transition to the Octagon last year. In less than a three-month span, Dern beat Ashley Yoder via split decision at UFC 222 before submitting Amanda Cooper at UFC 224.