The UFC fighter explains how mixed martial art has contributed to her dealing with the damage of being sexually assaulted as a teenager and how she is using her personality status to help other victims of browbeat and abuse
‘I‘m certainly not a quitter ,” Paige VanZant says as the Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter explains why, in January, she refused to give up after she broke her arm in the first round but battled on for 10 instants before losing a decision to Jessica-Rose Clark in St Louis. Her mettle that night, and in other bouts, has its roots in a dark history.
VanZant has also spoken of accepting years of bullying and a terrifying gang-rape as a 14 -year-old in Oregon. Yet she has been mocked by hardcore motley martial art love for being hyped ahead of better fighters because she is attractive and opens up the blood business of cage crusading to a different audience.
Before she addresses the crime that nearly destroyed her 10 years ago, VanZant remembers her grit against Clark.” I so wanted to finish the fight ,” she says, cheerfully.” I worked so hard to get there I wasn’t going to let a broken forearm take me out .”
VanZant is at home in Oregon, nursing her limb after a second operation last-place month. The first procedure is inadequate to fuse the bone and, as VanZant says,” this surgery is known to have complications “.
” It wasn’t super rare that there have been issues with the busted bone. They’ve now done a bone grafting and put in a massive layer. I’m hopeful it will now work. In the fight I obviously knew my forearm interrupted. I heard it break, I felt it end. The adrenaline didn’t take over and it hurt very bad. It was huge mentally to convince myself to keep going .”
Surely she considered retiring?” I certainly did. At one point she was arm-barring my broken limb and she caught me in that triangle and I was trying to fight out of that with one hand. I’m thinking:’ Am I obliging it worse ?’ That was my biggest dread. On pinnacle of the facts of the case it hurt very bad. But I have too much pride to tap out .”