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Hot Fighter Alert: 16 Photos of Model/MMA Prospect Paige VanZant

Props to BabesofMMA and MMAJunkie for turning us on to Paige VanZant, a 2-0 professional MMA fighter who will be facing Tecia Torres on the prelims of this Saturday’s Invicta 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt event in Kansas City.

A model and student-athlete since childhood, the 18-year-old fighter began training in MMA when she was 15, and currently trains at the House of RYU in Las Vegas. Paige began competing this year, first picking up an amateur win in April, then winning decisions in professional matches against Jordan Gaza and Amber Stautzenberger. (She’s also done ring girl gigs for Shark Fights and Ultimate Reno Combat.) According to this Examiner article, Paige likes wrestling and throws, doesn’t enjoy getting hit in the face, and her future goals include opening a restaurant and fighting Cris Cyborg.

Check out lots more of our favorite Paige VanZant photos in the gallery above — as well as the four bonus videos below of Paige chatting, fighting, and steam-mopping — and follow her life on Facebook and Twitter.

Bonus videos:

(“Real Girls Kick Ass” video profile from 2011. Props: rmsellars)

(Highlights of Paige VanZant’s first amateur fight against Morgan Hunter. Props: Gofightlive)

(Paige VanZant vs. Jordan Gaza, 6/30/12. Props: Mike Jackson)

(Paige VanZant sells the hell out of the Bissell Steam Mop Deluxe, circa 2010. Hey, we all gotta pay the bills.)

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Mr_Misanthropy- January 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm
@ GoatWhiskey

That was sarcasm. Watch the video.
GoTWhisKéY- January 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Mixed Martial Arts is a Mix of all the Martial Arts basically
Mr_Misanthropy- January 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm
BTW- nice rear naked armbar. Didn't even know that was a move.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm
"Wow! That looks way easier... you don't even have to pump it?!?!"

"No, I just stick it in and then I'll do the rest..."
HEY- January 3, 2013 at 11:40 am
She looks pretty tough. Also... I'd Paige HER VanZant! :D
XENOPHON- January 3, 2013 at 9:11 am
Seems to me that these females don't have the physical strength to maneuver their opponent and get back to their feet once taken down to the canvas.

I think Paige did use her knees to her advantage when in the stand up and clinch. Still it look liked a close fight to me.
JThunder- January 3, 2013 at 7:58 am
Really, she should be 1-1. I just can't see how the judges justified giving her the win over Gaza (and believe me, I'm heavily biased towards the hot blonde). I'll be shocked if she lasts all 3 rounds against Tecia Torres.