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Urijah Faber warned UFC teammate Paige VanZant about 'pretty girl syndrome'

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You might think that with 21-year-old Paige VanZant riding a 3-0 UFC streak and pulling down high profile endorsements that the world is her oyster. After all, she has the "it" factor.

But according to Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber, he warned "12 Gauge" early on there's been a price to that success. Namely, the haters.

Faber told Dave Doyle of that VanZant was just "thrown into that whirlwind" that is being both talented and (let's call a spade a spade) drop dead gorgeous:

"I think it's part of being a girl and the pretty girl syndrome, you're going to have a lot of haters. I prepared her for that a long time ago. The first thing is, she's just generally a very, very positive person, a happy demeanor, takes things in stride. The second thing is, she's super tight with her family. Her mom and her dad are like, those are her best friends, she's with them all the time, when she's done with her fights, she goes and hangs out with her mom and her dad. There's something to be said about that."

She may be happy outside the cage, but Faber says she's got a bit of a "mean streak" when it comes to fighting. Which helped the last time she climbed inside a cage at UFC 191, where she was seen beating up and submitting Alex Chambers.

And with her 22nd birthday still six months away she still has nearly two years to become the youngest champion in UFC history, currently held by former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Still, not everybody is elated by her success. Back in March of this year her former coach at Reno Academy of Combat, Rick Collup, took to Facebook to call out VanZant as a fake, with no morals, honesty or loyalty. Collup vowed that people will find out about the "real" VanZant sooner or later.

Keeping it real? Or haters gonna hate?

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