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Paige VanZant

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Born March 26, 1994, Paige Michelle VanZant grew up in the small northwest town of Dayton, Oregon. A tomboy, she got her first ATV at the age of 8, enjoyed fishing and hunting with her father, and routinely got into boxing matches with her brother and the neighborhood boys. Her parents owned a dance studio and VanZant excelled at the art, dancing competitively for 13 years. A natural athlete, she became a varsity cheerleader in high school as an underclassman where she began to be bullied and harassed by her peers. The incidents became so rampant that she eventually contacted the authorities on how to best deal with the situation. One of the responding officers suggested she learn self-defense. Shortly after this incident her family relocated to Reno, Nevada where VanZant took the officer's advice and enrolled in boxing classes. A brilliant student, she began taking college courses at the age of 16 and received her GED two years ahead of schedule. During this time her father suggested she try MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and she invested herself fully in the discipline. She is noted for her constant pressure and aggressive grappling style of fighting and has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. VanZant has stated that continuous bullying in high school left her ashamed of her looks, but that with fighting she found self-confidence and has become a stronger person for it. Because of her personal experiences, she is an outspoken advocate against bullying. In 2012 VanZant made her pro MMA debut and began to garner attention. In 2013 she was slated to appear on The Ultimate Fighter television series but had to pull out due to age restrictions since she was only 20 years old. At the age of 20, VanZant made her UFC Strawweight debut on November 22, 2014 where she defeated Kailin Curran in stunning fashion by TKO in the third round. She is one of the youngest fighters to receive the Fight of the Night award.  See full bio on IMDb »

Paige VanZant Guarantees UFC Return In 6 Months, I'm Still a Contender!

Paige VanZant
Guarantees UFC Return In 6 Months ... I'm Still a Contender!

She's still nursing a broken arm -- but Paige VanZant says she'll be healed up and ready to knock people out again in 6 MONTHS.  "I know I'll have a fight in 6 months and that's guaranteed,"… READ MORE >

Paige VanZant & Fiance Trade Punches, The Couple That Spars Together ...

Paige VanZant & Fiance
Trading Punches The Couple That Spars Together ...

UFC star Paige VanZant and her fiance spent their Tuesday punching each other in the face -- but don't worry, it was consensual. Paige is engaged to undefeated welterweight MMA fighter Austin… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
UFC's Paige VanZant Engaged to MMA Fighter Austin Vanderford

Paige VanZant
Engaged!! To MMA Fighter Austin Vanderford

Paige VanZant just got engaged to her MMA fighter boyfriend ... and her last name ain't gonna change all that much. The UFC figther posted a photo Sunday of her guy, Austin Vanderford, getting on… READ MORE >

- 54 days ago
UFC's Uriah Hall Says He Suffered 'Slight Heart Attack, Mini-Seizure'

UFC's Uriah Hall
I Had a 'Slight Heart Attack' ... 'Mini-Seizure'

UFC fighter Uriah Hall says he suffered a "slight heart attack" and "mini-seizure" the day before his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night: St Louis ... and doctors told him… READ MORE >

- 64 days ago
Paige VanZant Breaks Arm During UFC Fight, Scraps 2 More Rounds!

Paige VanZant
Breaks Arm During Fight ... Scraps 2 More Rounds!

She may have lost the fight ... but Paige VanZant once again proved she's tough as hell -- fighting 2 more rounds after BREAKING HER ARM! The former "Dancing with the Stars" finalist cracked her… READ MORE >

- 67 days ago
Paige VanZant Says She's 'Definitely Interested' in WWE

Paige VanZant
Move Over, Ronda ... I Want In WWE, Too!

Ronda Rousey ain't the only UFC star gunnin' for the WWE ... Paige VanZant says she LOVES the pro wrestling biz, and is "definitely interested" in making the jump. "If the knock comes onto… READ MORE >

- 68 days ago
UFC's Cris Cyborg Says She's Open to 'Dancing with the Stars'

UFC's Cris Cyborg
I'd Do 'Dancing with the Stars' 'I'm Here for the Challenge'

"Dancing with the Stars" just got an offer they're probably too scared to turn down ... 'cause UFC superstar Cris Cyborg has thrown her name in the hat for Season 26! Cris talked about… READ MORE >

- 85 days ago
UFC's Paige VanZant Topless & Drained in Candid Weight-Cutting Pics

Paige VanZant
Topless & Drained Candid Weight-Cutting Pics

Paige VanZant says she'll NEVER drop down to fight at 115 lbs ever again -- and says these pics prove just how brutal the weight cut can be. The UFC star has previously told Ariel Helwani about… READ MORE >

- 163 days ago
Paige VanZant Stitches Up Bloody Foot, Resumes Fight Training

Paige VanZant
Stitches Up Bloody Foot ... Resumes Fight Training

Paige VanZant won't let a massive bloody wound keep her from fighting -- she's already stitched up the gash on her foot and got back on her grind.  The UFC superstar opened up a gnarly hole… READ MORE >

- 225 days ago
Paige VanZant Rips Bloody Gash In Foot

Paige VanZant
Rips Bloody Gash In Foot

WARNING: This is pretty gnarly. And bloody.  UFC star Paige VanZant tore a massive bloody hole in her foot -- and the photo is pretty graphic.  23-year-old VanZant didn't say how it… READ MORE >

- 225 days ago
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