With a big bout set Dec. 17 for UFC Fight Night at Golden 1 Center, MMA star Paige VanZant has become exceedingly recognized not only in Sacramento, but around the world. Her rising popularity has opened doors to numerous new opportunities, including the chance to participate in tomorrow evening’s Women in Sports panel presented by MW Wines that takes place before the Kings host the Spurs.
At 22-years-old, VanZant is the fourth youngest female fighter currently in the UFC and the sixth youngest overall. Yet her accomplishments in and outside the ring are vast.
A recent article by Janelle Okwodu for Vogue Magazine highlights them:
“With a million followers on Instagram, a newly inked contract with IMG and her matches becoming worldwide trends on social, VanZant is the latest MMA star to leverage her success into influence far beyond sports.”
Having recently come in second place on Dancing with the Stars, VanZant proved to America that she was gifted in more ways than just UFC. In her interview with Vogue, she speaks of her time studying hip-hop, jazz, and ballet in her parents’ studio in the years before her MMA career.
“I was able to pick up techniques very quickly, and it makes you very disciplined,” VanZant said to Vogue of her background in dance. “It also helps with balance, coordination, and flexibility.”
VanZant offers additional advice for working out and living a balanced life – and we can’t wait to welcome this #GirlBoss back to Golden 1 Center to hear more.