Twenty-year-old Paige VanZant quickly became an MMA sensation after bursting into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 57 on Saturday night in Austin, Texas.
VanZant battled back and forth for three rounds with Kailin Curran in a strawweight battle, but eventually finished her opponent via TKO stoppage in the third round. Their bout earned Fight of the Night honors, which comes with a $50,000 check for each fighter.
“What a way to kick off my UFC debut, with a bonus,” Van Zandt said at the post-fight press conference.
VanZant is trending through the roof on MMAWeekly.com, so here is some more background on her career, with several of her past fight videos, including the one the 4-1 fighter wants to get back, a loss to TUF 20’s Tecia Torres.
Paige VanZant vs. Courtney Himes
Paige VanZant vs. Tecia Torres
Paige VanZant vs. Amber Stautzenberger
Paige VanZant vs. Jordan Gaza
Paige VanZant Highlights Video
(Paige VanZant vs. Amy Stautzenberger courtesy of Premier Fights)