Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Babes of MMA Sponsored Fighter Babe Paige VanZant Returns to the Cage this Saturday

Fighter babe "12 Gauge" Paige VanZant (2-0) returns to the cage this Saturday at Invicta FC4 in Kansas City, KS to battle it out with Tecia Torres (1-0). With a combination of brutal fighting skills and gorgeous good looks Paige exploded onto the MMA fighting scene in 2012. We recently caught up with our newest sponsored fighter prior to her big fight at Invicta FC4 this Saturday.

How did you get involved in MMA and how long have you been training?

-I got involved in MMA when I was 15. My dad was a former wrestler in high school and always had a love for the sport of MMA. He decided to try a class at Lion’s Den in Reno with Ken Shamrock one day. I thought just to be funny I would try the class with him. I ended up loving it!!!

Where are you currently training, and what's a typical training week like for you?

-I am training with Ron Frazier at the House of Ryu. My typical training week consists of double or triple training days. I moved to Las Vegas for fighting so I make it my main priority. I train every day except Sunday, that’s Church and resting.

Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you're fighting and where?

-I am fighting Tecia Torres for invicta in Kansas City.

How does it feel to be fighting for a top level promotion like Invicta after only a few fights?

-It feels great. It’s a very big accomplishment and I am thankful that I get to be on such a great promotion.

What is your best experience as a fighter? What is your worst?

-My first pro win against Jordan Gaza was my best experience so far. I was nice to see that all of the hard work and training paid off. The worst by far was cutting weight!!! I have never had to watch my weight so cutting was a new painful experience.

What advice would you give to other women who are reading this interview and want to get started in MMA?

-I would say to just go for it. If there is anything holding you back such as fear use it to fuel you and as motivation to work harder to become the best you can be. For all you know you'll fall in love with the sport and become the next big thing.

What are some of the hurdles that you think Women in MMA need to overcome before Women's MMA will be considered a top level sport like Men's MMA is today?

-Honestly I think they need to be able to train and put on shows like men or better. And a lot of bigger named females use their looks to gain exposure along with their skills, like Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. There is nothing wrong with being hot and being tough.

Who are your favorite MMA fighters?

-Taylor “No Mercy” Stratford, she's my training partner, roommate, one of my best friends and she has helped me through all of my weight cuts which means she puts up with a lot of attitudes lol. Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey too, she has proven to many that women can do just as good or better than men. She put herself out there like other women haven't and it has obviously brought her much success.

Of course we have a few questions for the male readership as well.

Are you single?

-Yes, but right now I am focusing on fighting but I don't mind going on dates and stuff.

What do you look for in a guy?

-Well of course every girl loves a sweet man who will open the door for her and be a gentleman but I look for a man that is pursuing his dreams and is trying to accomplish something in life.

What are your turn-ons?

-Well I'm 18 so I don't know just yet but if you workout, smell good and you can cook you're headed in the right direction.

What are your turnoffs?

-I hate when a guy is constantly on his phone when we're together and if you forget any important date I'll be mad.

What would you say is your best feature?

-I get a lot of compliments on my eyes.

Any future plans or dreams?

-Right now I live day by day, but I plan on being a stay at home mom one day.

Any shout outs you would like to make?

-Yes to Babes Of MMA for this interview, all of my sponsors, all of my coaches including my main one Ron Frazier, my manager Brett Atchley, my team House of RYU, my family for always supporting and believing in me, and Tay Stratford for being there for me.

Thank you for your time Paige and good luck on fight night! Babes of MMA are proudly sponsoring Paige for Invicta FC4. For more on Paige please visit her websiteFacebook and Twitter pages.

1 comment:

  1. Paige lost via unanimous decision (30-27 all three judges cards) to Tecia but very proud of her effort. Everyone takes a loss at one point and it will only make you bounce back stronger Paige. Keep your head up!