Mackenzie Dern recently revealed the reasons behind her leaving Juan Gomez at Black House MMA, and it all stems from a physical altercation between her former coach and her husband, professional surfer Wesley Santos. While she’s used to taking on some pretty monumental challenges on the mats, it seems as though she was nowhere near prepared for a real fight to break out in the place where she trains:
“I think he was unhappy with a bonus, like money-wise, for my last fight. We went to the academy and [Gomez] just swept dirt onto my husband, pushed him, and my husband pushed him back and they just went into a fistfight. It wasn’t like a brawl, a crazy brawl, it was like a street fight or technical fistfight. Back and forth — my husband’s doing feints, and I’m like, ‘Where’s he learning all this?’ It was so crazy,” said Dern.
From the sounds of things, nobody was hurt during the fight but it seems to have certainly harmed Dern’s relationship with her coach permanently:
“I love Black House and everything they’ve done for me, but that coach, I can’t work with that. No matter how much… I don’t know, if you’re mad about it because your bonus wasn’t high enough, you just can’t attack someone. Especially when my husband is so humble with water and he’s like, ‘Can we have that talk that you asked me to do?’ I don’t know what happened. To this day, we still don’t know exactly what pushed it to that level.”
Mackenzie Dern recounts the full story of the fight between her husband and previous coach in the below video, courtesy of MMAFighting’s Youtube Channel: