Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight “it” girl Paige VanZant is taking advantage of the promotion’s decision to implement a women’s flyweight division by meeting Jessica Eye — a former bantamweight — on middle ground at 125 pounds.
They’ll do the deed at the upcoming UFC 216: “Ferguson vs. Lee” pay-per-view (PPV) event inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Oct.7, 2017, though we now have to wonder if “12 Gauge” wasn’t too busy writing her new book to focus on training.
From Hachette Books, which describes RISE: SURVIVING THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE.
The journey that brought Paige to the UFC is a stunning story of overcoming tragedy and finding the strength and skills to defend oneself in the face of evil. Within the pages of Rise is a girl who was so severely bullied in highschool she had garbage thrown on her, so tortured she had to move hometowns. She sought refuge but nothing worked until one day, feeling spiritually broken and emotionally shattered, she visited her dad at his gym, and everything changed: she decided to fight back. She became Paige VanZant, a bone-breaking, head-smashing competitor and world renowned fighter.
Eye’s nickname is “Evil” (just sayin’).
VanZant (7-3) jumped out to three straight wins after making her Octagon debut in late 2014; however, she’s since gone 2-2 and got tapped twice in submission losses to Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson. Perhaps eliminating a grueling weight cut will improve her chances?
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