Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight author, Paige VanZant, is still just 24 years old, so there’s plenty of time to carve out a noteworthy mixed martial arts (MMA) career before moving on to other, less violent endeavors.
Like professional wrestling.
Already a fan of Ronda Rousey’s transition to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), VanZant believes she has the potential for a future crossover of her own after speaking with Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon, in Portugal.
“I’m not ready to leave the UFC just yet,” VanZant said (via MMA Weekly). “I love being a professional fighter and I still have a long career ahead of me. I also think the WWE is an amazing organization and it’s a very athletic entertainment industry which would suit me. There’s probably huge potential for a crossover down the line and of course I’m a big fan of what they do, so it would be great to be a part of it.”
VanZant (7-4) will make her return to combat sports against Rachel Ostovich at the UFC on ESPN+ event on Jan. 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (details), her first fight since breaking her arm back in January.
More on that lingering injury here.
Working in her favor is the fact that VanZant has already established herself as a bona fide crossover star, thanks to appearances on Dancing With The Stars and Chopped. That said, nobody on Food Network will hit you with a frying pan (or rubber mallet) to help sell the segment, so that’s something to keep in mind, as well.