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Paige VanZant wishes she pulled a Holly Holm and didn’t tap against Rose Namajunas

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Paige VanZant watched UFC 196 on Saturday night and saw Holly Holm get choked unconscious by Miesha Tate. She found herself in a similar position in December and wished she had done what Holm did — not tap.

“I think it’s just you giving up,” VanZant told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It’s submitting and saying, ‘I give up, you can win.’ And that’s just where I feel I could have just gone out. I would have rather have gone out than tap out.”

VanZant (6-2) took a beating in that fight against Rose Namajunas at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas. She escaped multiple armbars and was left bloodied up. In the fifth round, Namajunas locked in a rear-naked choke at 2:25 and VanZant tapped out.

“I do care that I lost, but it’s the fact that I tapped out,” VanZant said. “I said, ‘Rose, you can beat me. Go for it.'”

In the co-main event of UFC 196, Tate took Holm down in the fifth round, got her back and cinched in a choke. Holm tried to toss Tate off, but Tate hung on. Instead of tapping out, Holm went unconscious. VanZant was incredibly impressed.

“That shows a lot of heart, a lot of determination,” VanZant said. “I think she’s gonna come back really, really strong from it.”

Things are still looking up for VanZant, who remains one of the biggest female stars in the UFC despite the loss to Namajunas. She’s only 21 years old and had a four-fight winning streak coming into that fight.

In fact, the argument can be made that VanZant is more popular than ever. She won over some new fans by the toughness she showed against Namajunas. And it was announced Tuesday that VanZant would be competing on the coming ….View full article

Source:: mma fighting