Paige Michelle VanZant, an American mixed martial artist who is currently ranked number 15 in UFC’s Flyweight Division. Nicknamed “12 Gauge”, she is considered as a very well-rounded fighter who is found of leg kicks and leg locks. VanZant fights out of Portland, Oregon and currently trains under the Team Alpha Male Association.
She was born on March 26, 1994 and was raised in Oregon. Although her parents owned a dance studio and even if she was brought up dancing ballet, hip hop and jazz for over 13 years, she preferred the outdoors. She was fond of dirt bikes, fishing and hunting. As a kid, she was constantly bullied at school and this is what pushed her to learn martial arts to be able to defend herself.
Her debut fight in the UFC was back in 2014 against Kailin Curran at the UFC Fight Night 57 where she won via TKO during the half of the last round of the game. She also faced against Felice Herrig and Alex Chambers, wining via decision and via armbar, respectively at the UFC Fight Night 57 with Curran and at the UFC on Fox 15 with Herrig.
Her first professional mixed martial arts fight was at the UWF – Tournament of Warriors finale against Jordan Nicole Gaxa where she won via split decision. She later on participated in the TPFP Premier Fight Series 2, in the same year, 2012 up against Amber Statuzenberger where VanZant won via unanimous decision. Her first professional lost was against Tecia Torres as the Invicta FC 4.
VanZant he was a model for Nike and Columbia Sportswear before entering the professional fighting league. Her last fight against Jessica Rose Clark on January 2018 at UFC Fight Night ended with a loss on round 3 via unanimous decision. Her professional record is at 7 wins and 4 losses.