At just 23 years old, Paige VanZant has captured the hearts of both UFC diehards as well as casual viewers of the sport and it isn't hard to see why; take a look at her, she's drop dead gorgeous! Nicknamed "12 Gauge" (or "12 Gauge Paige"), VanZant fights in the UFC's Strawweight division which features women's fighters that weigh in at 115 pounds or less. She has been with the organization since 2014 and has gone 4-2 in the UFC's octagon. Prior to coming over to the big leagues, VanZant fought for the likes of Cage Warriors and Invicta (amongst others).
Altogether VanZant has compiled a record of 7 wins and 3 losses throughout her MMA and she is currently seeded as the 12th ranked Strawweight in the UFC. However, while VanZant's ranking is representative of the 12th slot, she is nowhere near that number in the "hotness" department. On the contrary, VanZant is actually the UFC's most attractive and alluring fighter. Don't believe me? Here are 15 pictures that prove Paige VanZant is the hottest fighter in the UFC today.
16 Who Wears Short Shorts? Paige Wears Short Shorts!
Who in their right mind is complaining that PVZ is sporting quite the pair of short shorts here? Looking more like a model than a UFC fighter, it's safe to say that the majority of folks would be met with quite the surprise when told that the woman in this picture is indeed in the fight business for a living.
VanZant manages to balance the fighter and model that she is beautifully in this pic, posing for the camera and displaying her incredibly fit body in those tiny shorts. Let's not forget about her stunning good looks! She really is a knockout in every sense of the word.
15 Baby Got Back!
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Decked in gym gear, PVZ is presumably on her way to get some hard training in, but you probably wouldn't know it based upon her pearly white smile and a demeanor that suggests she's nothing but a breath of fresh air. While the majority of individuals dread training, VanZant looks "born ready" (don't be offended because someone has taken your nickname, Lance "blows in LeBron James' ear" Stephenson) for training. In addition, the majority of folks don't enter and/or leave the gym looking flawless. Well, then again, the majority of folks aren't Miss VanZant! Need any more proof of PVZ's beauty? Take a gander at the two gentlemen in this picture who have their eyes locked on the blonde bombshell with the utmost focus.
14 Paige VanZant Makes A Name For Herself On The Dance Floor
A contestant on the 22nd season of ABC'S Dancing with the Stars, VanZant showcased that not only is she one that's able to throw down in the octagon, but is one who also possesses some serious moves on the dance floor. Making it all the way to the finals, VanZant and partner Mark Ballas were fan favorites from the minute they were introduced to audiences. Despite making it to the finals, Ballas and VanZant fell short as the duo of Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd defeated the dancer/singer and UFC fighter. On the bright side, dance fans (and those who simply tuned in for VanZant) were able to see the smoking-hot VanZant for eleven episodes as she slayed in a number of outfits like the one pictured above.
13 All Black Everything
What Paige is going for in this photo is definitely up for debate. VanZant is clearly posing for the camera (and doing so successfully may I add) while she pulls her shoe strings up and looks away from the camera. Decked in all black, VanZant doesn't look menacing or intimidating as many do when they go for the dark shade. Instead, VanZant does black justice. Quite frankly, PVZ has achieved the fine art of "slaying" in this photo. With a record of 7-3, VanZant has had a roller coaster of a career, as when she's gained momentum, she's lost big fights to the likes of Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson. Fortunately, when PVZ decides to walk away from the ring, it shouldn't be hard for her to land her fair share of modeling gigs.
12 Smile For The Camera, Paige!
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More so than ever before, females are resorting to showing more and more skin in order to ooze sex appeal. On one side of the fence, males aren't complaining as more and more is on full display and females are reaping the benefits in the attention department. On the other side of the fence, is this really the direction we as society should be comfortable with? Here, we see VanZant simply smiling for the cameras and showing that sometimes "less is more". VanZant displays that beauty can be on full display without being over the top. Ever hear of the phrase, "strong is the new sexy"? PVZ might as well have a billboard across her adopted hometown of Sacramento as well as her current hometown of Portland, Oregon with the forenamed phrase because in this picture she showcases she is the epitome of it.
11 What Were You Thinking, Cody Garbrandt?
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Current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt reached the pinnacle of the UFC by defeating Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 to conclude the 2016 calendar year. While Garbrandt is at the top of arguably the most stacked division in the UFC today, it would probably (err, definitely) be much sweeter if he still had Paige VanZant as his current flame as opposed to his former flame. Garbrandt and VanZant were former teammates in Sacramento, California at Urijah Faber's "Team Alpha Male" gym and dated for a short period of time. It's unclear as to when the couple began dating as well as to when the couple broke up. Fortunately for Mr. Garbrandt, his current significant other is a hottie in her own right; unfortunately, she's no PVZ.
10 The Key To A Man's Heart Is Through His Stomach
In 2016 Paige VanZant took her talents to ABC's Dancing with the Stars and was widely successful as she and partner Mark Ballas placed second. In 2017 VanZant decided to put her culinary talents to the test as she was one of the celebrity participants on the Food Network's widely popular show Chopped. Unfortunately for VanZant she wasn't as successful in the kitchen as she was on the dance floor. After winning her preliminary round, VanZant was immediately jettisoned as the first participant eliminated in the final round. Despite not making it for on Chopped, simply participating in the show is an achievement in itself so kudos to Ms. VanZant! Not to mention, PVZ clearly has the key to a man's heart as she possesses the skills to whip up a scrumptious meal.
9 "I Woke Up Like This" Face
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The majority of us don't have the privilege of waking up and looking our best. Then again, the majority of us aren't PVZ. Sporting a smile and a sweatshirt with the inscription "lover not a fighter," VanZant seems to have swerved us. On one hand, she seems like quite the sweetheart outside of the octagon as she oozes a cheery demeanor more often than not. On the other hand, she quite literally is a fighter, as she is employed by the UFC promotion. Maybe someone should send PVZ a slightly revamped sweatshirt with the inscription, "fighter, but a lover". Here, PVZ shows us that she can be alluring in something as simple as a sweatshirt without getting all dolled up. Pretty and low maintenance? Who can say no to that?
8 American Pride, Baby!
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For fighters to carry their home country's flag to and/or in the octagon (after a fight has concluded) is nothing out of the ordinary. Attractive Strawweights Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz frequently bring the flag of Poland with them during their bouts. Featherweight Max Holloway takes it a step further as he brings a flag that is representative of his home state of Hawaii. With all due respect to Ms. Jedrzejczyk (arguably better known as Joanna Champion) and Ms. Kowalkiewicz, Ms. VanZant has you two ladies beat in the sex appeal department when it comes to flag carrying! However, the saving grace for Jedrzejczyk (the current champion) and Kowalkiewicz (who has only lost to Jedrzejczyk) is that the two have been more successful in the Strawweight division than VanZant.
7 Yippee Ki-Yay!
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For those wondering, no VanZant is not from Texas nor does she have cowboy roots. On the contrary, the majority of VanZant's life has been spent in Nevada, Oregon and the Sacramento section of California. However, does this mean that she's exempt from sporting a cowboy hat and looking nothing short of jaw-dropping while doing so? Absolutely not! Looking as if she's ready and raring to go, VanZant looks the part of one who is ready to head to the rodeo. Despite being out of her element (as far as we know, VanZant doesn't have a rodeo background), PVZ looks extremely comfortable. In addition, PVZ shows she isn't afraid to broaden her horizons and shows she's just as beautiful outside of her element as she is inside of her element.
6 The Faces of Team Alpha Male
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With Urijah Faber having recently retired at the end of 2016, the founder of Team Alpha Male has transitioned from the fighter role to the coach role. Similarly, Paige VanZant has made a transition of her own. Having fought as part of the Team Alpha Male roster ever since debuting with the UFC, VanZant departed the Sacramento gym at the end of 2016. Instead, VanZant will now be training out of Portland, Oregon. However, the names Faber and VanZant go hand and hand with Team Alpha Male as the former is quite literally the founder of the team and gym while the latter is the first female that was a part of the roster. As a result, the two are intertwined for life. By the way, if you haven't taken a gander at PVZ's tantalizing eyes in this photo, you're seriously doing yourself a disservice!
4 Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
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It isn't uncommon for UFC fighters to provide pre fight and post fight analysis and commentary during fights as fans see the likes of DC and DC (Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz) commonly do so. Like Cormier and Cruz, fans have more recently seen the likes of Middleweight kingpin Michael Bisping and the recently retired former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate transition into such roles as well. But while PVZ hasn't been as involved in an onscreen role as the former names, she has indeed done some work in the past for Fox Sports 1. PVZ apparently wants to fight for five more years, but based on her good looks, hopefully she calls the broadcast booth home like the equally stunning Tate when she calls it a career.
3 Paige Shows She Can Have Fun At Weigh-Ins
Prior to her last fight against Michelle Waterson on December 17th, 2016, which eventually resulted in PVZ losing by rear-naked choke in the second round, VanZant showed she wasn't afraid to get silly at weigh-ins as she both danced and made goofy poses. Like a good sport, Waterson followed suit and the two looked more like they were about to enjoy a night on the town as opposed to two individuals that would be locked in an octagon engaging in combat a mere 24 hours later. VanZant showed fans that she was more than a pretty face at this particular weigh-in and had a personality that oozed as much appeal as did her captivating looks. Okay, well maybe not as much, but you get the picture!
2 A.K.A. 12 Gauge
Along with politics and religion, the topic of guns is one that brings forth very strong opinions. On one side of the fence, there are those individuals who believe they should be able to own guns as a measure to protect themselves. On the other side of the fence, there are those individuals who believe that guns are more harmful as opposed to harmless. Moreover, these are those folks that believe if every Tom, Dick and Harry can own a gun, we are opening ourselves up for more conflict and nothing more. Regardless of what side of the fence you're on, I think we can all agree on one thing; "12 Gauge" Paige makes this gun look mighty attractive. VanZant is now drop dead gorgeous inside and outside of the ring!
1 Beach, Anyone?
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With a body like VanZant's, it's like she was tailor-made for the beach. It isn't uncommon for fighters to look a tad out of shape when they aren't in camp or post fight, but it doesn't seem like VanZant falls into this category. Born and raised on the West Coast (throughout the states of California, Nevada and Oregon), it wouldn't be a reach to say that VanZant's had her fair share of beach days based on the enviable weather the West Coast receives annually. So, Paige it looks like everything checks out on the mirror check...you can head poolside/beachside now and have quite the array of onlookers validate that your mirror check indeed checks out. Basically, it may be hot outside at the moment, but it's about to get a whole lot hotter!