There are not that many things more beautiful to look at than Paige VanZant relentlessly wrenching the arm of an opponent's back ... but I could be wrong.
Nonetheless, the happy-go-lucky Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Strawweight contender continued her climb up the 115-pound ranks with a third-round submission victory (fight recap here) over Aussie striker Alex Chambers at UFC 191 last night (Sat. Sept. 5, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the majority of the 11-minute tussle, it was all "12 Gauge," who lit up Chambers with knee strikes and short-range shots all night. The only offense "Astro Girl" was able to muster up was a well-timed combination at the beginning of round one, before she succumbed to the blistering pace set by her opponent.
VanZant worked quickly to establish herself in the clinch, looking to connect with knees, which helped to wear down Chambers. The 36-year-old Chambers managed a decent amount of dirty boxing ... and that was the scope of her entire offense.
The Team Alpha Male product VanZant completely shut down the overall mixed martial arts (MMA) repertoire of Chambers early and often. The Oregon native zapped the life out of her opponent by punishing her mid-section with knee strikes throughout round two.
VanZant stayed on her and was able to score with a couple of takedowns.
Once again, she stormed out of the gate in the final frame, taking the fight right to a depleted Chambers, who crumbled to the mat and gave up her back. VanZant went with a rear-naked choke at first, before transitioning to an armbar for the finish 61 seconds into round three.
She solidifies her place in the Top 10 of the strawweight division and vaults her record to 6-1, 3-0 UFC, while her competition Chambers falls to 5-3 overall, 1-2 UFC.
It also marked her second UFC loss via armbar.