Born in Oregon, Paige VanZant (birth name Paige Sletten) spent 13 years of her life in dance. After being bullied by a group of girls, she gained an interest in martial arts. After moving to Nevada, she found the gym run by MMA legend Ken Shamrock and began to train there.
VanZant made her professional MMA debut in 2012, with her third bout being her one and only in Invicta FC. After four professional bouts, where she went 3-1, VanZant was signed by the UFC. She made her promotional debut at a UFC Fight Night event in November 2014, defeating Kailin Curran in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
VanZant holds UFC wins over Felice Herrig and Bec Rawlings.
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