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Paige VanZant says move that KO’d Bec Rawlings is nicknamed ‘Kick the Can’

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The Showtime Kick. The H-Bomb. And now — Kick the Can?

Paige VanZant knocked Bec Rawlings out with a flying crane kick — almost Karate Kid style — in the second round Saturday night at UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver. The rising strawweight star said she has used the move in practice and she and her teammates have that nickname for it.

“We call it a ‘kick the can,’ the one I knocked her out with,” VanZant said on the FS1 post-fight show. “I’ve done that a few times in training camp. I was like, I might as well go out there and use everything in my arsenal.”

Rawlings won the first round on all of the judges’ scorecards, nailing VanZant with hard punches just about every time she waded into harm’s way. VanZant is usually the aggressor, pushing the pace, initiating the clinch and turning fights into mad scrambles. She didn’t do that in the first round against Rawlings and that was by design, VanZant said.

“Coming in, I knew that she might have superior boxing than I did and that was something I really wanted to work on for this fight, not immediately closing the distance and trying to rush her, because she would have a really strong right hand,” VanZant said. “I wanted to kind of keep my distance, feel her out, see what she did, see how she reacted to all my moves and kind of felt it out and got the finish in the second.”

VanZant (7-2) flashed some spinning techniques and wild kicks in the first round. On one such move, Rawlings actually laughed at her and shrugged her shoulders. In the second round, it was one of those flashy maneuvers that put “Rowdy Bec” down and out.

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