UFC fighter, ‘DWTS’ contender — how amazing is Paige VanZandt? Paige is this close to winning the mirrorball trophy on ‘DWTS’ after gaining the highest scores on night one of the finale. We need to know more about her!
Paige VanZant, 22, has stunned the judges, and the audience of Dancing With the Stars by busting it out week after week with her insane moves. Now in the final three, the UFC fighter has a serious chance of winning the whole thing! Read on after the jump to learn five important facts about the badass UFC babe and potential DWTS champ!
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1. She trained in dance for 13 years
Given that she’s only 22, the fact that Paige trained for 13 years as a dancer is pretty incredible. No wonder she’s such a powerhouse on DWTS! Her parents owned a dance studio, and she mastered ballet, jazz and hip-hop.
2. She modeled as a child
When she was just 10 years old, Paige began modeling for companies like Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Add that on top of dancing 21 hours a week!
3. She got her UFC nickname from her father
Paige is known as “12-Gauge” when she enters into fighting mode, and that’s thanks to her dad. She was a huge tomboy as a kid, and grew up hunting and shooting. It was the perfect fit.
4. She’s one of the youngest fighters in the UFC
At 22, Paige is the second youngest female fighter in the UFC, and the third youngest overall.
5. She was fired from The Ultimate Fighter for being too young
Paige was set to star on The Ultimate Fighter, but the show let her go when they found out she was underage — they’re seen drinking a lot on it! But regardless, the UFC signed her soon after, so no loss to Paige.
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