121 pound Mackenzie Dern vs. 200+ pound Gabi Garcia

Monday, January 09, 2017

This Brazilian jiu-jitsu match between the massive Gabi Garcia and normal sized Mackenzie Dern took place at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Open Class Semi Finals and the result may surprise you.

Upon first glance it is clear that these two aren’t remotely close to being in the same weight class and may even be different species altogether. Gabi Garcia is reportedly over 100kg in this match, that’s over 220lbs! While Mackenzie is a normal sized woman who probably walks around at 130lbs give or take.

It is only in a sport like jiu-jitsu where you can see such a massive size discrepancy play out. As when strikes are involved in kickboxing or MMA it can get very dangerous when one competitor is so much larger. In BJJ, though the larger person still has an advantage the smaller person still has a chance if they are more skilled and there isn’t as much of a risk of serious injury when it is only grappling.

Right from the get go of this match Mackenzie realizes she’s going to be on the bottom so she pulls guard and tries to go for an arm then a leg right after that. It is quite common at the higher levels in BJJ for competitors to chain submissions attempts together to increase their chances of catching someone.

At the end of the match, Dern is surprisingly declared the winner despite being on her back for most of the match. Gabi was penalized early in the match for talking to her coach and that resulted in Mackenzie taking the victory. She was also attacking and active from her back and Garcia wasn’t doing enough from top position.

Mackenzie Lynne Dern (born March 24, 1993) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. IBJJF ranks Mackenzie as the number one female black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She holds a black belt under her father, Wellington “Megaton” Dias who is one of the top Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts in the world. She is an ADCC and no gi BJJ (black belt) World Champion. [Source: Wiki]

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