Going into her fight with “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings, on Saturday night in Vancouver, the question on everybody’s mind was: Was the time Paige VanZant (PVZ) took off well spent?
Well… See for yourself.
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“12 Gauge” left no doubt that she was back and she wanted nothing more than to be in the octagon. Needless to say, she made that statement with a vengeance.
Ironically, after a first round that was pretty much all flash and no real action, the corner of VanZant told her to stop with all the flash and just get it.
Where Does Paige VanZant Go From Here?
VanZant is currently ranked number ten and now after a win she should be looking for a top ten opponent. She claimed in her post fight interview with Brian Stann that she really wanted to get on the UFC card when the octagon invades Sacramento. It makes sense for her to want to get on that card since Sacramento is home to Team Alpha Male, where VanZant trains.
As far as opponents for VanZant, the potential opponents she could face in the top ten are endless. As far as specific opponents she might not face go; Joanne Calderwood is scheduled to fight Jessica Andrade at UFC 203 next month in Cleveland. The only other thing we know is she most likely will not fight Karolina Kowalkiewicz. It is expected that she will get the next shot at champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk.
In the past, VanZant has said that she would like to face off with is the current number five ranked strawweight, Tecia Torres. This would be a re-match of their fight back from January of 2013. That fight took place at Invicta FC 4. It saw Torres take home a very hard earned unanimous decision victory.
However, with Paige VanZant now back in the thick of things in the strawweight division, one can only imagine how the landscape of this division will change.