Paige VanZant showed her softer side while securing runner-up honors on “Dancing with the Stars” earlier this year.
VanZant can now show her fighting style once more tonight against Bec Rawlings at UFC on FOX 21.
Last year, VanZant fell to Rose Namajunas for her first UFC loss.
“I feel like I’m at home in the Octagon. I missed it a lot. I missed fighting and competing against someone. It’s really like nothing else,” she said on UFC Tonight earlier this week. “I want to say violence. Being in the gym. Fighters are just different. I fit in with fighters.”
The decision to be on the reality series, though, has opened new doors for VanZant outside of the sport – and provided her with new fans inside of it.
“The demographic of fans that I got. I have a lot of older fans and a lot more women who are fans now,” she said. “My grandpa and all his friends. That brought all those people over to the UFC and hopefully they’ll be watching this weekend.”