The UFC Strawweight competitor, Mackenzie Dern announced her relationship status to the world through her Instagram story. “I am Single,“ this one sentence by her took the internet by surprise.
In 2022, Mackenzie took to her social media handle to announce her decision to separate from her now ex-husband, Wesley Santos. “Yes, guys, I am single. I have been single for a while now, a few months. Everything is good, we are taking care of our daughter.”
Mackenzie Dern is single. pic.twitter.com/9tVzuXwLIf— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) November 15, 2022
As of 2023, Dern is seeing no one and focusing on her career. According to her she is all set, both physically and mentally for her next bout with Angela Hill. “I feel like so many things are trying to bring me down, like changing managers, the divorce, and the gym. There’s so much stuff going on that I don’t want something to take me off my course. To stay on course, I need to have a plan,” she said in a recent interview with MMA Junkie.
Mackenzie Dern is all buckled up for her next bout against Angela Hill later this weekend. Originally the fight was supposed to happen a week ago but got shifted on May 20 at UFC Apex. She possesses a UFC record of 7-3. Along with that, Dern has been awarded ADCC and BJJ world championships.
Mackenzie Dern and her relationship with ex-husband Wesley Santos
The ex-husband of Mackenzie Dern, Wesley Santos is a professional surfer. They gave birth to their beautiful daughter Moa in 2019. But Dern later reported divorcing her husband in 2022, i.e. 3 years after having a daughter. The reason for their separation has not been made public yet.
Anyway, it is evident that both parents love their daughter Moa. Both Dern and Santos frequently post pictures with their daughter, having a good time at a beach or enjoying an ice cream.
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It is reported that Santos got into a fistfight with Dern’s former coach Juan Gomez. Dern changed her team ahead of her fight against Randa Markos due to financial disputes in 2020. Mackenzie said to MMA Fighting and narrated how the chaos unfolded. Gomez had called Dern and Santos to the academy as he was not satisfied with his previous pay.
“We went to the academy and he just swept dirt onto my husband, pushed him, and my husband pushed him back and they just went into a fistfight. It wasn’t like a brawl, a crazy brawl, it was like a street fight or technical fistfight,” revealed Dern. The BJJ maestro has now partnered up with Jason Parillo as his new coach following the incident.
As previously mentioned, Dern is in camp to face off against Angela Hill. Hill possesses a record of 15-12. Both have their unique and separate strengths which they will bring to the table. So only time will tell, who will have the upper hand in the Octagon.