Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight contender, Paige VanZant, has made the most of her time off — thanks to that pesky arm injury — by heading down to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta for a special swimsuit photo spread courtesy of Walter Chin for the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
“I was unbelievably shocked that SI Swimsuit called and asked if I would be a part of their magazine,” VanZant told Xandria James. “I have constantly been having to prove to the world and UFC fans that you can be beautiful and a bad ass at the same time. Well, now it’s my moment to shine. I would love to continue modeling and show off the girly side of me that people don’t get to see when I am training for fights.”
VanZant, 25, isn’t the first UFC fighter to land a spot in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Former bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, was featured in a special body-paint spread back in early 2016 (see that landmark cover here).
Expect to see the No. 14-ranked VanZant (8-4) back inside the cage later this year, where she’ll look to continue her winning ways in an increasingly-crowded 125-pound division (check out the Top 15 right here).