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UFC on FOX 21 Takeaways: Demian Maia Makes Jiu-Jitsu Cool Again

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UFC on FOX 21 brought us some great stories. Score one for jiu-jitsu in the main event. It could be the end of a great career, the arrival of another, and the re-emergence of a great former champion.

5. Paige VanZant is Made For Show AND Go

Who says “The Karate Kid” is just a movie? Paige VanZant knocked out Bec Rawlings with a movie-style kick, then followed it up with a great ground and pound.

VanZant is not championship material, but the strawweight fighter is a star, and this clearly was her big moment. The former “Dancing With The Stars” contestant is already turning heads with her girl next door looks and now she is showing that she can fight also. She’s committed to the sport. She turned down a spot in the movie “Kickboxer” so that she could train and fight Saturday night. Can VanZant win the title? Anything is possible, but if she is booked correctly she can be a TV star, winning matches against fighters on her level. With Ronda Rousey appearing less frequently, the UFC needs another breakout, mainstream women’s star and Paige VanZant could be the one.

4. Anthony Pettis Is Back

Anthony Pettis a few years ago was considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He tapped out Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez, two of the best fighters in the UFC lightweight division at the time. But then he seemed to grow old really quickly. He lost three straight fights by decision and Pettis seemed to lose his flair. But he found it again.

Pettis returned to his old form by submitting Charles Oliveira with a guillotine choke in the third round, showing that he could rally and win a competitive and close fight. Pettis has now put himself back in the mix of ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly