UFC fighter Mackenzie Dern lost 20k followers when revealing pregnancy

Mixed martial arts fighter Mackenzie Dern, 26, reveals she lost 20,000 Instagram followers in MINUTES after announcing her pregnancy

  • Mackenzie Dern, based in California, welcomed daughter Moa in June this year
  • The UFC fighter told her Instagram followers that she was expecting in February 
  • Just minutes after her post, Mackenzie’s following had dropped by 20,000

A UFC fighter has revealed she lost 20,000 followers on Instagram in just minutes after announcing that she was pregnant with her second child. 

Mackenzie Dern, 26, based in California, and her professional surfer husband Wesley Santos welcomed daughter Moa in June this year.

The mixed martial artist, who currently has 705,000 Instagram followers, made a heartwarming announcement in February, letting her fans know that she was expecting.

But just minutes after her Instagram post, Mackenzie – a former world No. 1 ranked International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation competitor – was shocked to discover her social media following had dropped by at least 20,000.

Mackenzie Dern, 26, based in California, and her professional surfer husband Wesley Santos welcomed daughter Moa (pictured together) in June this year


The mixed martial artist, who currently has 705,000 Instagram followers, made a heartwarming announcement in February, letting her fans know that she was expecting. Pictured: Mackenzie with husband Wesley Santos (right) and daughter Moa (left)

Sharing the happy news, Mackenzie wrote: ‘God makes everything so perfect! I am so happy to be able to share this news!

‘I’m going to be a Mom! I love so much our family and now I have one more HUGE motivation for inside and outside the ring!

‘I also want to thank all my fans and sponsors for the support during all the life phases and I can’t wait to be back in the ring!’

The former world No. 1 ranked International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation competitor then shared a picture of her husband for the first time – which she believes also contributed to the loss of support.

The MMA fighter told ESPN: ‘I lost 20,000 fans when I said I was pregnant and posted the first picture of my husband.’

But just minutes after her Instagram post, Mackenzie was shocked to discover her social media following had dropped by at least 20,000. Pictured: The beaming mother holds up her little girl for an adorable photograph

Mackenzie in a photograph shared to her Instagram before the birth of her little girl Moa

But the mother – who is a black belt in Jiu-Jistu – claimed she now has a new crowd of fans after becoming a parent.

‘After Moa was born, I gained like 20,000 back,’ Mackenzie explained. ‘I think it’s a new and different type of public. 

She added: ‘Maybe I have more mothers following me now. Maybe they’re inspired by the story.’

Mackenzie, who was undefeated in seven MMA fights and won two matches at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2018, is back in the ring on Sunday.

Mackenzie, who was undefeated in seven MMA fights and won two matches at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2018, is back in the ring on Sunday

Arizona-born Mackenzie faces Brazilian fighter Amanda Riba in Tampa, Florida. 

Riba holds a record of seven wins, one loss and no draws in professional MMA fights.  

Ahead of her upcoming fight, Mackenzie said she had to convince the UFC to let her return just four months after giving birth.

She admitted: ‘Of course, the first couple of weeks, I was strung to punch and everything was slow and wiggling around.

‘The hardest pat, honestly, was to get the UFC to let me fight. They were like “No, it’s too soon. You can get injured”. But I was like, “C’mon, guys. I can do it.”‘

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