Mackenzie Dern recently revealed that she recently left Black House Gym ahead of UFC Vegas 11 and during her exit from the gym, a scuffle took place between Dern’s husband and former coach Juan Gomez.
Gomez, who was upset about a bonus according to Dern, says the bonus was never the issue between him and Dern.
“It hurts me when I saw this interview from her speaking about the bonus, which is something that was never my priority,” Gomez said to MMA Fighting. “Never. It’s something that people need to know the truth. What happened between me and her husband was nothing about money or bonus. It was numerous factors that built up, that [led to] what happened between me and her husband, which was something not big. It was something not a big deal at all, I thought we flipped the page. A couple of days ago, I approached her friend, her wrestling coach, that I wanted to say sorry to her. Because in the end I still like her. In the end, I see our friendship. I want the best for her. I wish her the best in this fight. But when she speaks about the bonus, it’s something that makes me sad. And she knows better than anybody that this was never my priority. I still respect her because I’m not going to go into details that caused the fight to happen. It was numerous factors. If I was a bad person I could come to you right now and speak all the details which make that fight happen, but I’m not going to because I respect her. Even when she speaks something that is not true about the bonus, I still respect her, her privacy, and everything that happened between us.”
Dern’s former coach, during the interview with MMA Fighting, wouldn’t reveal the exact reason for the issues between him, Dern and Dern’s husband. If there was one problem for Gomez, it was between him and Dern’s husband, not between him and Dern herself.
“My problem was with him,” Gomez said. “Was never with her. I think maybe because sometimes you’ve got to know how to separate your career from family. When you’re involved in MMA and you have professionals helping you, all those professionals that are helping you, they must know and have experience and MMA. When you don’t have that kind of experience, wrong things are going to happen. It’s a very delicate career. From the manager to the agent to the strength and conditioning to the nutritionist to the head coach, all of them, they need to have experience with MMA. Because if you don’t have it, something’s gonna happen.”
The fighter, who now trains with Jason Parillo, faces Randa Markos this weekend at UFC Vegas 11.