Paige VanZant may not be the kind of ‘superstar name’ in 2020 that she once was, but one thing is for sure: she’s certainly still a notable figure within the world of mixed martial arts.Her future is as uncertain as it can be, and between the UFC, other promotions and other career paths, this young woman has a lot of plates spinning in the air right now.

Today, we want to run through a few facts about her time with the Ultimate Fighting Championship that some casual fans may not be aware of as she gears up to, hopefully, step back inside the Octagon at least one more time.

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17Was 3-1 Before UFC

Having debuted in MMA as a teenager, it should come as no surprise for fans to learn that Paige was already taking names in other organizations. She was 3-1 before being signed to the UFC, with her one and only loss at that time actually coming against another current UFC star: Tecia Torres.

16She Dated Cody Garbrandt

A few years back rumors were circulating that PVZ was dating fellow Team Alpha Male member Cody Garbrandt, and that turned out to be true. However, she was quick to let the media know that they decided to go their separate ways in order to focus on their respective careers.

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15Started Off 3-0 In UFC

There’s something to be said for starting off like a house on fire in the UFC and that is precisely what Paige VanZant did. She was living up to the hype in the early days with victories over Kailin Curran, Felice Herrig and Alex Chambers, with two of those wins being stoppages.

1412 Gauge Nickname

Everyone has different reasons as to why they’ve got the nickname they do in the world of mixed martial arts, and most of them are pretty interesting. When it comes to Paige, her nickname of “12 Gauge” was awarded to her by her father due to PVZ’s love of shooting and hunting.

13Arm Injury Issues

During her fight with Jessica Rose-Clark, Paige broke her arm when attempting a spinning backfist. She then proceeded to have another operation on a fractured arm injury in 2019, before learning in June of that year that the bone in her arm had not yet healed properly – putting her out of action once again.

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12Never Been Knocked Out

Losses are a big part of MMA and with four on her record, VanZant is no stranger to that. However, with two coming via submission and two via decision, she actually hasn’t been knocked out yet in her professional career, which is certainly a feather in her cap at the very least.

11Two-Time Bonus Winner

It’s hard enough to win in the UFC, but it’s even harder to win in the sort of fashion that means you receive a bonus. In her win over Kailin Curran, she was able to acquire the Fight of the Night honor, and then against Bec Rawlings, her knockout of Bec led to a Performance of the Night bonus.

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10Maycee Barber Beef

For whatever reason (because she wanted a fight), youngster Maycee Barber came after Paige VanZant a few months back in an attempt to lure her into a fight. While it may not have worked at the time with Paige wanting to see a bit more respect from Maycee, it’s certainly a possibility in the future.

9Five Fights, Five Cities

While Paige may seem like the sort of fighter that would be fighting in Las Vegas at every available opportunity, she’s actually a bit more seasoned than that. Across her last five fights she has fought in five different cities: Las Vegas, Vancouver, Sacramento, St. Louis and Brooklyn. Travel is good for the soul, you guys.

8Ranked #15 At Flyweight

Flyweight is a tougher division than most people realize, and the road to Valentina Shevchenko and a title shot is a tough one. At this moment in time, VanZant is ranked at #15, but she’ll be hoping to take a few steps forward when, or if, she fights Amanda Ribas.

7She Wasn’t Alive When The UFC Began

It’s a little bit crazy to think of it this way, but it’s true: when UFC 1 hit the big screen in November 1993, Paige VanZant hadn’t been born yet. She came along a few months later in March 1994, which kickstarted her own long journey towards becoming a UFC star.

6Dana White Laughed Her Off

When Paige VanZant claimed that she earns more money from posting pictures on Instagram than she does when fighting, which is a completely fair assessment, Dana White simply laughed it off and said “good for her.” It seems like it was better to laugh than fix the fighter pay issue, right Dana?

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5Two-Time Headliner

Despite not yet contending for a world title in the UFC, VanZant has actually been given the honor of headlining a fight night card on two separate occasions. The first was in Vegas against Rose Namajunas, and the second was against Michelle Waterson in Sacramento. Unfortunately for Paige, she lost both fights.

4She Was Busy In 2015

It’s always important to stay busy and active in order to stay fresh in the mind of the UFC brass. Back in 2015 she was able to do just that by fighting in April, September and December. She won her first two outings, but couldn’t quite round off the year.

3Lost Three Of Her Last Five

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They say form is temporary and class is permanent, but even Paige VanZant would agree that she needs to turn her form around and quickly. While she did win her last fight over a year ago now against Rachael Ostovich, she has also managed to lose three of her last five.

2Her Husband Is In Bellator

While he may not be a well known UFC star, Austin Vanderford is certainly one to watch within the realms of Bellator MMA. Not only does he seem like an incredibly nice guy, but he has also got an undefeated 9-0 pro record, which includes a handy 3-0 record in Bellator.

1Debuted At The Age Of 20

Back when she was just 20 years of age, Paige VanZant made her presence known to the world stage by debuting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Now, at the age of 25, it’s going to be interesting to see what sort of path she goes down as her MMA journey continues.

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