After Getting Kicked Off Her Team, Dern Releases Heartfelt Statement To The Man Who Saved Her UFC 224 Camp

Rising UFC star Mackenzie Dern had a very public breakup with her fight camp “The Lab”, ahead of last weekend’s UFC 224 event.

And while details of the story vary, Dern herself says that she was left without an MMA camp when her head coach John Crouch asked her to leave the team. With four weeks until fight night, Dern was left scrambling to put the pieces together in Southern California.

Now, in a new statement to her Instagram, she gives credit to the man who saved her fight camp, and helped her get a dominant win over Amanda Cooper in the very first round.

Check it out:

I have to thank this guy! There are very few people who would do what he has done for me in such a short amount of time. Someone who I have always been a fan of and admired, received me with open arms, has my back, defends me like a daughter, doesn’t judge me, teaches me, and whats even more impressive is that it’s not just for me he does all of this for all his athletes. He is one of the few people that put my mind in the right place to face any battle no matter the circumstances. I don’t have anyway to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for me, but one thing for sure is that I am becoming a better person and fighter because of you. @leovieirabjj e @gle_vieira nothing happens just because and our paths crossed for some reason. So thank you for choosing to face the battles with me. We suffer together but we also celebrate together! Thank you!

Tenho que agradecer esse cara. São muitas poucas pessoas que fariam o que ele já fez por mim em tão pouco tempo. Me recebeu de braços abertos, uma pessoa que eu sempre fui muito fã e admirei, me defende igual uma filha, não me julga, me ensina, e o melhor é que ele não só faz isso por mim, mas faz por todos em volta dele. Ele é uma das poucas pessoas que consegue colocar minha cabeça no lugar certo para enfrentar qualquer situação independente das circunstâncias. Não tenho como agradecer por TUDO que já fez e continua fazendo por mim. Mas o que tenho certeza é que estou me tornando uma pessoa e atleta melhor por causa de vc. @leovieirabjj e @gle_vieira Nada acontece por acaso e nossos caminhos se cruzaram por algum motivo. obrigada por decidir enfrentar as batalhas junto comigo, sofremos juntos mas também comemoramos juntos! Obrigada! • • • I have to thank this guy! There are very few people who would do what he has done for me in such a short amount of time. Someone who I have always been a fan of and admired, received me with open arms, has my back, defends me like a daughter, doesn’t judge me, teaches me, and whats even more impressive is that it’s not just for me he does all of this for all his athletes. He is one of the few people that put my mind in the right place to face any battle no matter the circumstances. I don’t have anyway to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for me, but one thing for sure is that I am becoming a better person and fighter because of you. @leovieirabjj e @gle_vieira nothing happens just because and our paths crossed for some reason. So thank you for choosing to face the battles with me. We suffer together but we also celebrate together! Thank you! #bondepesadao #coach 📷—> @ilanpellenberg

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