The tough tests just keep coming for Paige VanZant.
The fighter known as “12 Gauge” put an impressive performance in her octagon debut against fellow prospect Kailin Curran back in November in a fight where she not only snagged the decision, but also earned herself and Curran a “Fight of the Night” bonus. Now the fighter from Sparks, Nev. has another tough challenge ahead of her. The UFC announced that VanZant will face star Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig April 15 at a Fight Night at an event that will feature Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold in the main event.
Herrig is coming off an impressive performance against Lisa Ellis back in Decmember, submitting her fellow “Ultimate Fighter” castmate with an armbar in the second round. She enjoyed some success in the “TUF” house, defeating rival Heather Jo Clark in the first round of the tournament.
VanZant was originally slated to enter the “TUF” house, but she was too young. While some look at it as a missed opportunity, it was a blessing in disguise for VanZant. She still got to fight in her first official UFC match – before any of the “TUF” cast – and passed her test with flying colors.
But now she’s got a dangerous opponent. Some folks look down on Herrig because of how she behaved on “TUF” or how she conducts herself on social media, yet whether you like her or not she’s a dangerous fighter. She’s got good striking and is tight in the clinch, which comes from her Muay Thai background. She also has good takedown defense.
The Lil Bulldog is also tough and scrappy. She has fought some tough competition and has never been finished – except a submission loss to Randa Markos in the quarterfinals of the “TUF” strawweight tournament but those fights are ruled exhibitions.
VanZant has overcome the odds before as she was the underdog in her war against Curran. She has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu with a little bit of boxing. Like Herrig, VanZant is also tough, having never been finished in her career.
Not only will this fight go well with the rest of the card but also a “Fight of the Night” candidate.