Paige VanZant compares herself to Roy Nelson in ballet tights

It’s no secret that top ranked UFC women’s strawweight Paige VanZant is a standout fighter.

The 21 year old isn’t intimidating outside of the Octagon, and as she explains it, some people don’t expect her to be a fighter.

She explained to UFC.com:

“For me to be a fighter, it’s different, it’s unexpected. You wouldn’t expect someone like me to be a fighter, and I think that’s what draws people to watch me. It’s the same thing if you saw Roy Nelson in ballet tights all of a sudden performing in Julliard; people would want to watch. It’s something unexpected, it’s something you would have never imagined, and I think that’s why I’m getting so much attention.”

“I’ve always had the desire to be the best athlete I could ever be, and I think some people just don’t have that. They don’t have the heart, and I think that’s something you can’t teach; you can’t learn that. You can put the most technical person out there, and if they don’t have the heart, they’re not going to be successful. I definitely have the heart. I’m still developing as an athlete and I’m new to MMA, but I have the heart to be a champion and my skills are getting better and better every day.”

VanZant is 6-1 in her professional career, and 3-0 inside the Octagon. She will look to build upon her win streak as she faces Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 80 on December 10th.

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