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When asked if she would accept a fight while competing on the current season of Dancing With The Stars, UFC strawweight rising star Paige VanZant said that she would, as long as she was allowed proper time to prepare. “I’d give myself plenty of time to finish the show and then go into a full fight camp,” 12 Gauge, who is coming off her December loss to Rose Namajunas, told MMAjunkie last month. “I’m not going to rush myself or put myself in a bad position. But I’m a fighter first, so I’ll be ready to get back in the cage.”
Last night, VanZant made good on that promise when she stepped back into the cage, ready to compete. It just wasn’t exactly in the way anyone had anticipated.
This week’s theme on the 22nd edition of the show was “Memorable Year Night,” in which the stars looked back on a pivotal moment in their lives, and their professional partners interpreted those experiences through the art of dance. Football and Flakes great Doug Flutie performed a waltz about the tragic loss of both of his parents in 2015. Full(er) House star Jodie Sweetin poured her heart into an emotional foxtrot about getting her life back on track after becoming sober five years ago. VanZant went with the year of her UFC debut, a stunning upset KO over the undefeated favorite, Kailin Curran, at UFC Fight Night 57 in August 2014. Her primary partner Mark Ballas (who is currently working through an injury, something any fighter can appreciate) turned her story of childhood bullying trauma and martial arts redemption into a combat-influenced Paso Doble. The pair performed the dance to the tune of the popular walkout song “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero, inside of a ….View full article