MMAmania.com guest fighter analyst Patrick Stumberg breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 80 headliner Paige VanZant, who looks to establish herself as a bonafide Strawweight contender this Thursday night (Dec. 10, 2015) inside “The Cosmopolitan” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk may rule the 115-pound division with an iron fist, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) marketing muscle seems firmly behind the division’s youngest competitor, Paige VanZant.
This Thursday evening (Dec. 10, 2015), the 21-year-old will compete in her first-ever main event opposite fellow young gun “Thug” Rose Namajunas, who steps in on short notice to replace the injured Joanne Calderwood, at UFC Fight Night 80, which will emanate from inside “The Cosmopolitan” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
VanZant — whose age prevented her from joining the division’s elite on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 — has earned four wins since a Jan. 2013 loss to Tecia Torres, three of them in UFC proper. She’s certainly on a hot streak, but it remains to be seen whether she can become the breakout star UFC desires.
Let’s see if we can’t figure it out:
At range, VanZant’s striking ranges from adequate at-best to a liability at-worst. For the most part, ….View original article
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