Paige VanZant has been on a tear since entering the UFC. The 21 year old has gone 3-0 inside the Octagon to build an impressive 6-1 professional MMA record.
While ’12 Gauge’ may be gearing up for the biggest test of her career next month when she fights Rose Namajunas on December 10th, in her mind she’s already ready to fight the champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Urijah Faber spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto:
“The more I get to know VanZant, the more I think any matchup is good for her. She has a really natural ability to push the pace and be in amazing shape. It’s like, you can’t get that girl tired. So I think it’s a real good matchup. People always like to downplay someone if they’re marketable and good-looking, but the fact is that she gets out there and performs. Right now, a fight with Namajunas — VanZant has to be able to win a fight like that, and I think she will.”
“In her mind, she’s ready for Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which is the important thing. The one thing I’d worry about is Jedrzejczyk has had 80 fights as a Muay Thai practitioner. So, as one of VanZant’s mentors and teammates, I’d like to see her get more experience before she fights for the strap.”