With only five professional fights, and just one under the UFC banner, 20-year-old women’s strawweight Paige VanZant has gained national attention.
She’s a promising up-and-coming fighter training out of one of the best camps in the country, Team Alpha Male. While she has an aggressive, high-paced, fan-friendly style, a good portion of her sudden popularity has been attributed to her genetically gifted good looks.
Part of VanZant’s UFC on Fox 15 opponent Felice Herrig’s image also centers around her sex appeal.
“I always had on the back of my mind that me and Felice would fight. because we’re the hot girls in the sport. So I kind of got myself ready for that,” said VanZant about being matched up against Herrig in a recent interview.
Being attractive never hurt anyone in any occupation, but VanZant wants to prove she’s more than just a pretty face when she takes on the No. 8 ranked Herrig on April 18 in New Jersey.
“I think me and her will always get perceived that way. I was saying that that’s what other people think about us. We were born this way. It’s nothing that we can change. It just means that we both have to prove that we’re the toughest people out there,” she said during a media scrum. “I’m going to go out there and prove that I’m not just a pretty face.”