UFC fighter Paige VanZant was a guest on ABC’s “Good Morning America” recently to discuss the details of her autobiography, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life,” which is available now.
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) April 10, 2018
In it, VanZant discusses a serious sexual assault from when she was just 14 years old living in Oregon. For the book, she used a ghost writer so that she would only have to relive the experience once.
Here’s a snippet from the book discussing VanZant’s sexual assault:
“They move me around,” she wrote. “They change my position. I fail each time I try to resist, my limbs like wet cement on my body, my brain a heavy fog. I am awake and conscious, but my body feels dead.
“I know what is happening but can do nothing to stop it. I have no voice or choice but to submit and pray that it ends soon.”
VanZant, who was forced to change her name, moved to Reno, Nevada and started taking MMA classes at the Lion’s Den. She credits the sport with saving her life, as she seriously contemplated suicide.
“MMA fighting definitely saved my life,” she said. “It saved who I was as a person, too.”
VanZant is currently recovering from a broken arm suffered in a loss to Jessica-Rose Clark earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 124. She si 7-4 overall and 4-3 inside the Octagon, along with a runner-up finish on “Dancing with the Stars” and a title from the food series “Chopped.”
OFFICAL BOOK TOUR HAS BEGUN!!! Come meet me and get a signed copy of my book RISE!! I can’t believe this is finally happening! I’m going to need my #fanzants support on this on. pic.twitter.com/e71rc2oNAV
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) April 9, 2018