This UFC alum, Chopped champ, DWTS runner-up is now training at ATT in South Florida
Paige VanZant's list of accomplishments is very impressive, especially considering she is only 26 years old.
She's not resting on her laurels and keeps moving forward. travel south this time to do so.
Her next endeavor, boxing, with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships is slated for Super Bowl Weekend in Tampa. This resulted in a move from Oregon to South Florida, initially for training purposes.
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Goodbye American Top Team Portland and Hello American Top Team Coconut Creek.
When she and her husband, Bellator MMA fighter Austin Vanderford, hiked to South Florida for a quick test run, they were so impressed with ATT Coconut Creek and the area that they didn't return to Portland.
They quickly moved and are now enjoying the sunny winter weather and relaxing in bathing suits by the pool. Imagine doing this in Oregon or Alaska (Vanderford's home) in winter.
VanZant is a trained dancer who grew up. He also enjoyed dirt biking, hunting and fishing. No wonder she turned to MMA.
She signed UFC, the world's largest MMA promotion, in December 2013 at the age of 19. She went 5-4 to the UFC.
Paige VanZant fights for UFC.
UFC helped her open doors. As a UFC fighter, VanZant won a “Chopped” celebrity contest on Food Network and took second place (with pro dancer Mark Ballas) on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars”.
On behalf of UFC, trained dancer Paige VanZant performed at ABC's Dancing With the Stars with pro dancer Mark Ballas.
She is also a former Nike model and wrote her autobiography Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life, which was released in April 2018.
Here is part 1 of my audio interview with Paige VanZant.
Her last fight for UFC was in July.
She considered continuing her MMA career like her husband at Bellator, but decided to go into boxing and signed to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships in August. She has a four-way contract and BKFC allows her to participate in other endeavors as long as it doesn't conflict with her fight plan.
A WWE fan, pro wrestling / sports entertainment is on her mind too. She attended the WWE Performance Center, WWE's state-of-the-art training center in Orlando.
Here is part 2 of my audio interview with Paige VanZant.
Prior to UFC, VanZant moved her family to Sparks, Nevada. Finding a dance studio on the agenda when she discovered UFC alum Ken Shamrock's gym, she started training in boxing and other martial arts. She loved it.
After winning an amateur fight at the age of 18, VanZant made her professional MMA debut in the final of the UWF Warrior Tournament against Jordan Nicole Gaza in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 30, 2012. VanZant won by separate decision.
VanZant and Vanderford got married in September 2018. The happy couple hosted a show on YouTube entitled "A Kickass Love Story: With Paige & Austin".
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