Undefeated MMA fighter Mackenzie Dern has a made a startling revelation about the effect her pregnancy had on her social media following.
The UFC glamour girl is one of the most popular female fighter's in the sport, with more than 700,000 followers on Instagram.
However, the American says that changed after making the announcement that she was expecting a first child with her husband in February.
“God makes everything so perfect! I am so happy to be able to share this news! I’m going to be a Mom!” Dern wrote.
“I love so much our family and now I have one more HUGE motivation for inside and outside the ring!! Thank you God for this blessing. 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!”
Highlighting the fickle nature of social media, Dern says the pregnancy news coincided with her losing a massive chunk of her Instagram followers.
“I lost 20,000 fans when I said I was pregnant and posted the first picture of my husband,” Dern told ESPN this week.
If this is true sad. Mackenzie dern lost 20000 followers when she announced she was pregnant. Sad what did her followers think they had a chance? Lol . Sad fact most don’t realize male celebs are most likely to get involved with their followers. Female celebs? Stop friendzone https://t.co/MilO0BrAQr— Siris King (@SirisKing) October 8, 2019
I’m one of them.— JokersLL (@JokersLL) October 8, 2019
One of the last things I want to see is pregnant or baby photos of someone I don’t know personally.
Doesn’t mean I’m not happy for her. Just not interested anymore as she’s now a part time fighter.
I think she lost followers because people probably thought she wouldnt return to fighting.— Total Cummins (@MaryVolz1) October 8, 2019
The 26-year-old (7-0-0 record) makes her return to the Octagon this weekend, just four months after giving birth to daughter Moa.
New mom and exciting up and comer Mackenzie Dern is also back in the octagon this weekend at #UFCTampa! She looks to pick up where she left off before stepping away due to pregnancy. pic.twitter.com/1FI8zBlWcv— Champion Sports Productions (@ChampSportsProd) October 7, 2019
Funnily enough, Dern will go into the bout against Amanda Ribas (7-1) in Florida, with a new legion of followers.
“I have different fans … after Moa was born I gained 20,000 back,” she said. “Maybe it’s a new kind of public, I have more mums following and people inspired by the story.”
Dern said getting ready to return to the Octagon was tough, but so was convincing the UFC to allow her to come back so soon after giving birth.
“My body wasn’t toned and everything. But it was the same as when I came back from knee surgery. I felt kind of like the same when I had my ACL surgery; it was four months, too, that I came back competing.”
“The hardest part, honestly, was to get the UFC to let me fight,” she added.
“They were like, ‘No, it’s too soon. You can get injured’. But I was like, ‘C’mon, guys, I can do it’.”