This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Mackenzie Dern Celebrates No. 25

By Brian Knapp Mar 6, 2018

Perhaps the most-talked-about women’s MMA prospect since Ronda Rousey, two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern has only enhanced the hype through six professional appearances. She will celebrate her 25th birthday on March 24.

Dern made her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in the featured UFC 222 prelim, overcame some adversity and walked away with a split decision over Ashley Yoder at T-Mobile Arena on March 3 in Las Vegas. The win bumped her record to 6-0. A gold medalist at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships, Dern hangs her hat at the powerhouse MMA Lab camp in Glendale, Arizona, where she trains alongside former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and undefeated bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley, among others. She submitted three of her first five opponents prior to joining the UFC roster, having cut her teeth inside the Legacy Fighting Championship, Legacy Fighting Alliance and Invicta Fighting Championships promotions.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of March:

MARCH 1

Taisuke Okuno, 41
Danielle West, 41
Anthony Njokuani, 38
Dominique Robinson, 36
John Howard, 35
Thanh Vu, 26
Aspen Ladd, 23
Sage Northcutt, 22

MARCH 2

Soichi Nishida, 51
Kito Andrews, 40
Heath Herring, 40
Lorenzo Hood, 29

MARCH 3

Rob Broughton, 35
Augusto Mendes, 35
Renato Velame, 35
Richard White, 31
Rodrigo Goiana de Lima, 27

MARCH 4

Jordan Radev, 42
Abe Wagner, 38
Josh Emmett, 32
Kazuki Tokudome, 31

MARCH 5

Tim Sylvia, 42
Chris Cope, 35
Roberto Sanchez, 32
Ericka Almeida, 29
Martin Nguyen, 29

MARCH 6

Tsuyoshi Kosaka, 48
Anthony Johnson, 34
Brandon Girtz, 33
Mads Burnell, 24

MARCH 7

Eun Soo Lee, 36
Xavier Foupa-Pokam, 36
Steve Kennedy, 35
Joe Merritt, 34
Valentina Shevchenko, 30
Nikita Krylov, 26

MARCH 8

Marlon Sandro, 41
Viscardi Andrade, 34
Eddie Ng, 32
Seo Hee Ham, 31

MARCH 9

Pat Miletich, 50
Chinzo Machida, 41
Jun Nakamura, 34
Koji Ando, 33
Drakkar Klose, 30

MARCH 10

Sean Pierson, 42
Wilson Gouveia, 49
Vitor Miranda, 39
Jesse Lennox, 36
Anton Zafir, 31
Lipeng Zhang, 28
Clay Collard, 25

MARCH 11

Renzo Gracie, 51
Rodrigo Gracie, 43
Sako Chivitchyan, 34
Livia Renata Souza, 27

MARCH 12

Antonio McKee, 48
Alexis Vila, 47
Ricky Musgrave, 34
Rad Martinez, 31

MARCH 13

Kazuo Takahashi, 49
George Sullivan, 37
Justin Salas, 36
Nam Phan, 35

MARCH 14

Josh Samman (1988-2016)
Kiyotaka Shimizu, 34
“Judo” Jim Wallhead, 34
Lando Vannata, 26

MARCH 15

Norifumi Yamamoto, 41
Travis Wiuff, 40
Juliana Lima, 36
Junior Albini, 27

MARCH 16

Shawn Tompkins (1974-2011)
Brad Imes, 41
Josh Pulsifer, 35
Vanessa Porto, 34
Antonio Carlos Jr., 28
Aaron Roberson, 28

MARCH 17

Antoine Hayes, 42
Fabio Maldonado, 38
Bae Yong Kwon, 37
Chan Sung Jung, 31
Jose Flores, 30
Jamie Moyle, 29

MARCH 18

Nate Quarry, 46
Kyle Noke, 38
Julie Kedzie, 37
Brendan Schaub, 35

MARCH 19

Shawn Bunch, 35
Ryuichi Miki, 35
Magomedbag Agaev, 33
Jake Norsworthy, 28

MARCH 20

Daniel Cormier, 39
Rogent Lloret, 39
Robbie Lawler, 36
John Moraga, 34
Goran Reljic, 34
Jingliang Li, 30
Aya Saber, 27
Joe Hamilton, 26

MARCH 21

Rony Mariano Bezerra, 34
John Salter, 33
Brice Ritani-Coe, 32
Alex Perez, 26

MARCH 22

Andre Pederneiras, 51
Jamal Patterson, 44
Kyle Kingsbury, 36
Joe Soto, 31

MARCH 23

Moti Horenstein, 54
Mark Hunt, 44
Leo Leite, 40
Mukai Maromo, 35
Yuri Villefort, 27

MARCH 24

Brandon Melendez, 35
Josh Neer, 35
Andy Main, 29
Mackenzie Dern, 25

MARCH 25

Rory Markham, 36
Besam Yousef, 33
Ben Wall, 29
Steven Ray, 28

MARCH 26

Tony Fryklund, 46
Bor Bratovz, 35
Irene Aldana, 30
Calvin Kattar, 30
Paige VanZant, 23

MARCH 27

Nuri Shakir, 39
Indalecio Tat Romero, 38
Matt Jaggers, 33
Alptekin Ozkilic, 32

MARCH 28

Hector Ramirez, 42
Joe Pearson, 40
Jake Ellenberger, 33
Joe Ellenberger, 33

MARCH 29

Donald Cerrone, 35
Stephen Eakin, 35
Chase Beebe, 33
Jesse Chaffin, 29
Cristina Stanciu, 24

MARCH 30

Bibiano Fernandes, 38
Bojan Mihajlovic, 38
Melvin Guillard, 35
Rasul Mirzaev, 32
Dan Lauzon, 30

MARCH 31

Naoya Ogawa, 50
Reese Andy, 45
Rich Clementi, 42
James Zikic, 41
Mike Kyle, 38
Marloes Coenen, 37
Ayaka Hamasaki, 36
Fabio Silva, 36
Richardson Moreira, 34
David Parker, 33
Frank Gomez, 32
Terrion Ware, 32

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