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Paige VanZant never hesitated when she heard the name Rose Namajunas

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UFC strawweight Paige VanZant didn’t much mind when her manager called to inform her Joanne Calderwood — VanZant’s original opponent for Dec. 10’s UFC Fight Night 80 — pulled out of their fight with an injury.

She just wanted to know who was on deck.

“Right away, I was like, ‘Alright, who can we get to replace her?'” VanZant told MMA Fighting. “The hard thing is that, with strawweights, there are not that many of us, so most everyone had fights lined up or they just fought or they’re injured, so right away I was like, ‘Let’s call the UFC and get someone to replace her,’ and my manager called me right back and said, ‘I talked to Dana. Rose [Namajunas] is good.'”

While some fighters might hesitate to restructure their game plans and refocus on a different, higher-ranked opponent, VanZant said there was no deliberation. Namajunas would work just fine.

“No hesitation at all — none whatsoever,” VanZant said. “I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, this is the best fight camp I’ve ever had, and it’s just the beginning of it. I have no injuries. I’m going in, I’m training harder than ever. I had a short break between ….View original article

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