8 Things You Didn’t Know About Mackenzie Dern

Fresh off of her victory at LFA 24 — where she forced opponent Mandy Polk into submission with a rear-naked choke in the first round — Mackenzie Dern (currently 4-0) spoke with the Zebra team to tell us who her biggest inspiration is, what her favorite cheat foods are and what is next in her booming MMA career.

Here are a few things you didn’t know about the ADCC and no gi BJJ (black belt) World Champion.


Mackenzie Dern Talks About Her Biggest Influence: Her Father

Around Father’s Day, many people will tell you how their fathers have played largely inspirational roles in their lives. What most people can’t tell you is how their father has won multiple Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Championships (among many other medals and accomplishments). That ability is unique to Mackenzie Dern, the number one ranked female black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu and the daughter of Wellington Leal “Megaton” Dias, a jiu jitsu legend.

We recently spoke with Mackenzie about how she feels about having her father as her coach as well as her biggest inspiration. READ MORE

Big News From Zebra Athletics: Looking to the Future

Last month, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Zebra Athletics brand by taking a look back at the history of our company, our products and our our team. We also took a look at some of the ways in which we have given back to the community (see how you can give back as well).

Where We Are Going

We have come a long way and we are still growing as a company. While continuing to offer MMA mats and weight room flooring, we have also begun to expand our Yoga and Home Fitness product lines.

But that is not all we are up to in 2017. Big things are in store for our future. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to this year:


Zebra Athletics, Mackenzie Dern Announce Marketing and Sponsorship Agreement

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – April 19, 2017 – Zebra Athletics, the world’s leading outfitter of martial arts and MMA training facilities, announced today a new marketing and sponsorship agreement with Mackenzie Dern, the 2-time World Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu champion and rising MMA superstar.