Twenty-one year-old Paige VanZant is among the UFC’s youngest athletes. A Sparks, Nev. resident, “12 Guage” trains out of Team Alpha (Fe)Male in Sacramento, Calif. just two hours Southwest by car.
Paige (6-2) won three straight fights after debuting with the UFC in 2014 but was most recently submitted by Rose Namajunas this past December. The 5’4″ 115-pound blonde tomboy rode motorcycles, hunted and went fishing as a youngster but also danced. She took jazz, ballet and hip hop for several years and was once in a mop commercial.
It’s like when Samurais wrote poems and drew calligraphy. Or something like that.
That’s what comes to mind when you see someone who can defend themselves physically, with or without a weapon. But they also have a softer side who appreciates the arts and beauty and the two sides of this complex individual merge until you get a Paige VanZant competing on this season’s Dancing With The Stars with professional DWTS partner Mark Ballas.
Check out their Foxtrot from episode 1.
Now check out some of Paige’s dance moves before she was on DWTS and you will see why the show is a perfect fit for her and why she and Mark are the odds favorite to win.