Paige VanZant entered UFC on FOX 15 with a lot of buzz, and after dominating Felice Herrig for three rounds, the hype train is really taking off.
VanZant has been on a lot of folk’s radars for a while now, since she’s just 21 years old, and yes, because she’s also signed by Reebok. She was also coming off an impressive stoppage win over Kailin Curran last November, in what marked her UFC debut.
Well, after VanZant showcased some nice throws and a nasty ground game in her UD win over Herrig, here is what UFC boss man Dana White had to say (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“It’s almost like the Conor McGregor thing,” White said. “The guy bursts out of nowhere, explodes onto the scene and backs it up. And Paige VanZant did tonight, too. She looked unbelievable. And she is. She’s one of those people that has that thing.”
“She’s got that thing that I always talk about — that thing you can’t teach,” White said. “Everybody in my dressing room tonight wanted to meet her. They were like, ‘We want to meet Paige VanZant.’ She’s got that thing man. And she can fight.”
How about that for some high praise? Now sure, VanZant isn’t grabbing as many headlines quite yet as “Notorious’, or being booked for main events, but she obviously has a ton of potential.
Now it will be interesting to see where VanZant ends up in the rankings, following her big win over Herrig. Prior to Saturday’s event VanZant was sitting at #12, while Herrig was positioned at #8.
UFC on FOX 15 went down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.