Paige VanZant updates on recovery, shares timeframe for return

It’s been a long time since we last saw Paige VanZant in the cage. Yet the popular flyweight contender is hoping to return this year, pending an all-clear with respect to her arm injury.

“My arm feels good but my mind is still uneasy,” VanZant told MMA Fighting on Monday. “Before I had my first surgery, I felt great, I went in and my arm was still broken. I had to have a second surgery. I’m at the point where I don’t trust myself. I feel really good but my mind still isn’t at peace until I go in and have my first CT scan. I go in on Wednesday, so Wednesday is the day I get to go in and get my CT scan, see if my arm is healing and hopefully get cleared to start training.

“I can honestly say I’ve done everything correctly. I haven’t rushed anything. I’ve been doing everything it takes to heal this stupid arm. The plan is to fight at the end of the year. I’m hoping I’ll get some good news on Wednesday and I’ll move forward from there.”

While Paige VanZant is eager to get back into the cage, she admits she has not been able to train with the kind of regularity and intensity she likes.

“That’s the hard thing. It’s a mind trip because I am doing nothing right now but I have to understand that doing nothing is doing something,” VanZant stated. “I need to not do anything. I need to sit and just let my arm heal and that was kind of the issue I ran into before. I keep thinking I’m an athlete and I need to keep working out, I need to keep my body in shape and I need to do all these things and there was just too much motion in my arm for it to heal.

“Now I have to understand and it’s a blessing I moved up a weight class because all I can do is sit here and diet. I wasn’t supposed to run for the first eight weeks. I wasn’t supposed to do anything to over exert myself so no running, no heavy walking, they really wanted my arm to be as still as possible because they know I have problems healing. It was telling myself it was OK to just sit on the couch all day. That is still something to help my arm.”

Who do you want to see Paige VanZant fight in her return?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/14/2019.

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Sucka Radio w/ Austin Vanderford

It seems like an eternity since the last episode of Sucka Radio. Well, we are back and we’ve got a very enticing interview for your listening pleasure with Bellator MMA’s Austin Vanderford.

The 29-year-old who is married to UFC women’s flyweight contender Paige VanZant is 7-0 in his professional career. Vanderford will take on Doug Usher at Bellator 225 on August 24 in his first professional middleweight bout.

Austin Vanderford takes on Doug Usher at Bellator 225

Sucka Radio discusses that upcoming bout with the ATT Portland product, his Bellator debut, nerves going into the fight, what to check out in Portland and much more.

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UFC star Paige VanZant plays ‘peek a boo’ with steamy lingerie photo

UFC women‘s flyweight standout Paige VanZant may not be able to compete inside the cage, but that isn’t keeping her out of the spotlight.

’PVZ’, who is currently recovering from yet another arm surgery, recently took to Instagram where she teased fight fans with the following risky photo.

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Peek a boo.

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Paige VanZant was most recently seen in action this past January, where she submitted Rachael Ostovich with a brutal armbar. That victory snapped a two fight losing skid for VanZant.

‘Twelve Gauge’ previously made headlines this year after posing for Sports Illustrated’s famous bikini issue.

When fight fans will get to see ‘PVZ’ return to the octagon remains to be seen.

Who would you like to see Paige VanZant fight in her next UFC appearance? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on July 18, 2019


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Paige VanZant plans to explore free agency after next fight

UFC flyweight star Paige VanZant will explore free agency after her next fight, which will mark the final obligation on her current UFC contract.

“I am, yeah,” VanZant said when asked about free agency on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Bloody Elbow). “You know, it’s more for me, I want to prove my worth. And obviously, with my arm injuries I’ve had three surgeries in a row now. Even though I’m so popular, I guess… I’ve been doing amazing things outside the UFC—Sports Illustrated, Dancing with the Stars, all these amazing things. I want to show, ‘Hey, I’m a huge player in this division. I’m a huge player in the UFC.’ And I think it’s going to take one more fight to do that.”

As for that last fight on her UFC contract, Paige VanZant is hoping it will occur at the UFC’s big, year-end pay-per-view.

“I’m aiming for – there’s always a really big card at the end of the year for the UFC – so I’m hoping for that end of the year card,” VanZant said.

In the meantime, VanZant’s number-one priority is simply getting healthy again after a difficult arm injury and resulting surgery.

“More than anything, I’m just focused on getting back in the cage,” VanZant said. “I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, or any stress behind anything. I just want to fight.”

Do you think Paige VanZant will wind up sticking with the UFC, or could we see her scooped up by another major promotion like Bellator or ONE Championship?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/20/2019.

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