Paige ’12 Gauge’ VanZant
VanZant vs Ostovich? Will it happen?
During the UFC Fight Night 124 in January, UFC women’s strawweight star Paige VanZant has suffered a broken right arm in her unanimous-decision loss to Jessica-Rose Clark. Prior to the surgery, it was discovered the healing process didn’t go well months later.
The 24-year old star underwent a second procedure on July 19. It will have been a full year without competing for VanZant, who has struggled to remain an active fighter.
After opening her professional career with eight bouts from 2012 to 2015, VanZant has fought just three times in the last two years, missing all of 2017. She also has made a name for herself in the eye of the public where she has become well known for her stint on the popular TV contest “Dancing With The Stars”.
She was overall the runner-up in the finals of the ten-week series.
VanZant vs Ostovich?
According to MMA Imports, the UFC recently locked down a $1.5 billion deal with ESPN for their broadcasting rights, effective Jan. 2019. VanZant vs Ostovich is in the works for the UFC’s debut show on ESPN; sources told MMA Fighting on Sunday.
The event will take place Jan. 18 on big ESPN, though the location has yet to be determined, per sources. Both sides have agreed to the bout, sources said, but the UFC has yet to make it — or the event — official.
Paige VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) took Twitter to announced that had accepted a fight date following an injury in her previous bout.
Just said yes to a fight date. PVZ is returning. #UFC
— Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) August 18, 2018
A week after, VanZant called the new development of a fight with Ostovich fake news.
#FakeNews..sorry everyone I’m not even cleared yet. Hoping to get cleared this week to slowly start back to training! Off to Vegas Thursday to see my doctor.
— Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) August 26, 2018
Paige Vanzant Is Back in Business
After she called the further development of a fight with Ostovich fake news, UFC women’s strawweight star Paige VanZant has some good news for her fans! “The verdict is I can go for it,” VanZant said on the first video blog of her recently launched YouTube Channel.
Finally, she has been medically cleared to resume training and would indeed be making her MMA comeback at the beginning of 2019. “I can punch people again – well I’m not able to punch people yet – but in like six weeks I can punch people. But I can start training and working out again, and I’m going to be fighting in January.”
“I can officially announce, you heard it here first, that I will be taking a fight on Jan. 18 on the first-ever ESPN card,” VanZant said. “We’re going to be getting an opponent matched up.”
Watch her first YouTube video down below. Video courtesy of Paige VanZant on YouTube.
The question is, will VanZant vs Ostovich happen?