Get to know Paige VanZant

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Published on : August 31, 2016

 

 

Coming off her big win over Bec Rawlings at the last UFC event, it’s time to take notice of Paige VanZant. She is a rising star in MMA, so we should all learn her name now because you are going to hear it a lot in the coming months. This is everything you need to know about the young fighter.

 

Paige VanZant is originally from Oregon and currently fights in the Strawweight division of the UFC. She is only 22-years-old and stands 5’4″ and competes at 115 lbs. VanZant has been fighting since 2012 where she has 7 wins in her 9 match career. With two wins each coming from knockout and submission. The other three were decision. Prior to UFC, she competed in Invicta FC.

 

You may also recognize Paige from her appearance on the hit reality competition show Dancing with the Stars. Her and her partner made it to the final round of the show but they ended up taking second place. One thing was clear, the lady has moves, grace and excellent body control. All valuable tools for a fighter in the octagon.

 

 

The Bec Rawlings fight was an huge showcase for VanZant. She took a few hard strikes early in the first but stayed on her feet. She weathered Rawlings’ storm and counterattacked. She kept the pressure up and never relented. This tenacity is becoming her calling card. That plus some “wild” strikes of her own. We have seen on many occasions where Paige VanZant has tried spinning and jumping maneuvers. Many critics say these types of moves should be avoided but it was one of those kicks that ended the fight.

 

Paige and her team call that KO strike “kick the can.” It looks very The Karate Kid to me. Can you say Crane Kick, Daniel-san? I think I’m most impressed by the fact that this wasn’t some super clean win. It showed some backbone to get knocked around for a bit then seize control. That’s what a champ does. Below are video highlights of the fight.

 

 

Dana White and UFC have a new fighting celebrity in the making. Paige VanZant isn’t Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor status just yet but watch out. The sky is the limit for this talent. The women of the UFC are providing some of the most interesting bouts on any given card and we are excited to see what’s next for the lady they call “12 gauge.”

 

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How The Karate Kid Ruined My LIfe

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Published on : May 22, 2016

 

 

One of my favorite movies growing up was 1984’s The Karate Kid. If you haven’t seen it, fuck off. If you don’t remember it, it’s essentially teenage Rocky in the San Fernando Valley. Ralph Macchio learns karate from wise old Mr. Miyagi so he can stand up to these Corba Kai jerks and go out with Elisabeth Shue. I loved this movie, and it created several lifelong obsessions: movies about teenagers, “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama, Elisabeth Shue and most importantly, karate.

 

Being a martial arts expert seemed like the coolest thing in the world to me. You could not give a fuck about anything and beat up anyone who tried to mess with you. As a shy and socially awkward kid, this was all that I wanted. I signed up for a taekwondo class convinced that I had discovered the shortcut to self-confidence. I was 100% wrong about that.

 

The problems started even before I got to class. Putting on the outfit, or gi, for the first time, I had a horrible realization: there was nothing cool about wearing this thing. First of all, it’s white. And it was definitely after Labor Day. Secondly, it’s this weird short robe that has multiple ties like a straitjacket. I began to understand why Jean Claude Van Damme always wound up shirtless in his movies. Realizing that everyone would be wearing a gi, I resigned myself to looking stupid. At least we would all looks stupid.

 

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When I got to class, things got worse. I realized that this wasn’t going to be learning life lessons with an enchanting old man. I realized, for the first time, that this was karate class. It was school after school. That I willingly signed up for. What an idiot I had been! It wasn’t even a part of school that I enjoyed, like reading or lunch. It was basically gym class, led by somebody’s beefy dad who would sweat when he yelled at us. Very un-Miyagi. If I wanted to get yelled at, I could have stayed home.

 

I might have been able to put up with all this bullshit if the class had delivered the goods. But it totally did not. I learned a few basic punches and kicks, that’s it. Nothing that was going to impress Elisabeth Shue or fight off the Cobra Kai. When I saw a bunch of older kids waiting around for their class to start, I realized this wasn’t a shortcut to anything. This was like a cult: once you’re in, you’re supposed to stay in. After that first class, I told myself I wouldn’t be back for another class.

 

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But then a funny thing happened: I didn’t quit right away. Because I realized that I didn’t know very much taekwondo, but I knew a little bit. Maybe that would be enough to diffuse a dangerous situation. I started waiting for something to happen, an excuse to show off my newly acquired karate moves. That’s when I realized that Ralph Macchio only learned karate because he was getting beat up everyday. Was I really hoping to be terrorized by a bully? Did I want my life to get worse just to prove that I went to a karate class? What the fuck was wrong with me?

 

After that, taekwondo only had one thing left to teach me: how to quit something your parents have already spent a bunch of money on. And I turned out to be pretty good at that. So thanks, Ralph Macchio.

 

 


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