Paige VanZant delivered on Saturday night by dominating fellow UFC strawweight Felice Herrig en route to a unanimous decision win. Leading up to the fight fans were eager to see the two battle it out for several different reasons. One of those was to see if this young 21-year-old had what it takes to beat a more experienced fighter. The answer? A massive yes.
At the post-fight press conference UFC president Dana White talked about the impressive performance and compared the Team Alpha Male fighter to a certain Irishman.
“The problem with Paige now is she’s young and she’s 5-1 now, but she’s probably going to be ranked in the low top 10 now. She’s gonna be 9, 10, 8. She’s gonna be in that ballpark somewhere. We’ll see how we move her. She’s definitely in the danger zone now.”
“It’s almost like the Conor McGregor thing. 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. 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.”
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