Undefeated Mackenzie Dern isn't in the Ultimate Fighting Championship quite yet, but her next fight will be airing on UFC Fight Pass.
On Monday's edition of “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, Dern revealed that she has signed a contract with Invicta Fighting Championships. Terms and length of the deal were not disclosed.
The 24-year-old Dern will make her promotional debut on Dec. 8 at Invicta 26 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., taking on former Invicta strawweight title challenger Kaline Medeiros in a 115-pound contest.
The daughter of Royler Gracie Jiu-Jitsu standout “Megaton” Wellington Dias, Dern followed in her father's footsteps, becoming an even more achieved competitor at the world gi and no-gi level, with a pair of Braziian jiu-jitsu world titles and winning the under 132-pound women's division at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship.
Dern has gone 4-0 since her pro MMA debut just under 16 months ago, with all four bouts coming under the now-merged Legacy Fighting Championship and Legacy Fighting Alliance banner. The Medeiros bout will mark Dern's return to the strawweight division; after making a successful pro debut against Kenia Rosas, the Arizona native missed the 115-pound limit in consecutive contests. In her last bout on Oct. 13, Dern choked out Mandy Polk in under three minutes in a flyweight contest.
Meideros, 38, has put together five consecutive victories and earned herself a title shot at then-Invicta straweight title holder Angela Hill at Invicta 20 last November. The Massachusetts-based Brazilian was dominated by “Angie Overkill,” soundly dropping a 25-minute unanimous decision.