Mackenzie Dern claims her former coach Juan Gomez threatened her and called her a “traitor.” Prior to the said allegations, Dern and Gomez had an ugly falling out.
- A week ago, Dern revealed that a scuffle broke out between Gomez and her husband Wesley Santos. The said incident happened in the middle of her training camp for her UFC fight against Randa Markos this past Saturday.
- Gomez's issue was allegedly about money, and he wanted to straighten things out. But after the brawl with Santos, Dern decided to finally cut ties with her coach.
- Gomez later downplayed his alleged tussle with Santos, saying it was more like a “hug, push” situation. He also expressed regret in losing his “friendship” with Dern, and ultimately sent his well-wishes for her.
- Dern now trains under renowned coach Jason Parillo at the RVCA gym in Orange County. Parillo also trained former UFC champions Cris Cyborg and Michael Bisping.