Paige VanZant is certainly one of the most popular fighters in the world today. Besides being an MMA fighter, she tried her hand at boxing in the BKFC promotion.
But she became famous in UFC, where she competed for a few years. Even though Paige didn’t win a title during her time there, she was still a known face in the women’s division. Besides fighting, Paige VanZant has done other things like getting noticed through TV shows and modeling. While fans are familiar with Paige’s fighting career, below are a few lesser-known facts about her.
9 Legally changed his last name
Paige VanZant’s last name may sound Dutch, but she was not born under the name VanZant. Her birth name was completely different and she legally changed it due to excessive bullying in high school.
Paige’s real last name was Sletten. When she was in high school, her classmates made fun of her because other students called her “Slutton”. Therefore, she legally changed it to VanZant, which was the last name of her mother’s student. Plus, bullying was actually the main reason she decided to become a fighter.
8 She is 27 years old
UFC legend Ken Shamrock spotted VanZant and then she started training in MMA. She made her debut at the age of 18 in 2012. It was arguably the perfect age to start the business, as her body could quickly adapt to the needs of a mixed martial artist.
Paige was born in 1994 and she is currently 27 years old. Considering her young age, she can certainly continue her fighting career for many years to come, as long as she is able to maintain good health.
seven Fought in 2 divisions in the UFC
It is certainly a great achievement for the fighters who are brave enough to fight in different weight classes to prove themselves. Paige VanZant is one of those names to fight in two different weight classes in the women’s division.
First off, Paige fought in the Strawweight Division in the UFC. After being there for almost four years, she joined the Flyweight division. Unfortunately, his performance and record was not good in the Flyweight division before leaving the UFC.
6 She is 5’4 “
Despite fighting in two different weight classes, Paige VanZant is not very tall. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, which is an average height for most UFC fighters. She is the same height as Amanda Ribas and Jessica Rose Clark.
Paige VanZant weighs around 125 pounds, but this varies depending on her weight loss. She has a reach of 165 cm, which also places her in the general average of women with her build.
5 Made an appearance in the professional wrestling world
It is quite common for MMA fighters or boxers to set foot in the world of professional wrestling. In fact, MMA fighters like Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey, and Matt Riddle have switched careers to become professional wrestlers.
Paige VanZant has already made her presence felt by appearing in the world of professional wrestling. She has appeared on AEW Dynamite as well as AEW Rampage. Only time will tell if she will become a full-time pro wrestler because she has the look and the athleticism to succeed in squaring.
4 She has a dance background
Besides being a fighter, Paige VanZant has dance training. As a child, VanZant’s parents had a dance studio, and she learned different dance forms there. During the first years of his life, VanZant mastered hip hop, jazz and ballet. With such a great background in dance, VanZant appeared on the popular dance reality show, Dancing with the stars. She was in season 22 of the show and she teamed up with Mark Ballas. She ended up being a finalist.
Paige VanZant is also passionate about shooting and hunting – her father gave her the nickname “12 Gauge”, which is a shotgun.
3 She was the winner of the show ‘Chopped’
Other than Dancing with the stars, Paige VanZant was on another reality show called Chopped. She was on this cooking show with other top athletes and did a great job.
After defeating former Olympic gold medalist figure skater Dorothy Hamill, VanZant became the winner of the 2017 season of Chopped. It’s safe to say that VanZant is a woman of many talents.
2 His fight record
With a long career, Paige VanZant has had her fair share of success. Out of her 13 professional fights, she won 8 and lost 5. She played 9 of those games in the UFC, so most of her fighting career has been spent with Dana White.
But his barehanded boxing record is quite disappointing. VanZant fought in two hand-to-hand fights in 2021, and she lost both of her matches. It wouldn’t be surprising to see her return to MMA.
1 She is married to Austin Vanderford
Paige VanZant is currently married to Austin Vanderford, another MMA and Bellator fighter. The duo started dating in 2017, and they got engaged in January 2018. They tied the knot that same year in September.
VanZant dated former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in 2015, but they went their separate ways within a year. She also reportedly dated dancer Alan Bersten when she was on Dancing with the stars.
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