The UFC fighter explains how mixed martial arts has contributed to her dealing with the pain of being sexually assaulted as a teen and how she is using her fame status to assistance other victims of browbeat and abuse
‘I‘m emphatically not a quitter ,” Paige VanZant says as the Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter explains why, in January, she refused to give up after she divulged her limb during the first round but battled on for 10 hours before losing a decision to Jessica-Rose Clark in St Louis. Her heroism that night, and in other bouts, has its roots in a dark history.
VanZant has also spoken of suffering years of bully and a agonizing gang-rape as a 14 -year-old in Oregon. Yet she has been derided by hardcore mixed martial arts love for being hyped ahead of better fighters because she is attractive and opens up the viciou business of cage pushing to a different audience.
Before she addresses the abuse that practically destroyed her 10 decades ago, VanZant recollects her grit against Clark.” I so wanted to finish the fight ,” she says, cheerfully.” I wreaked so difficult to got to get I wasn’t going to let a shattered forearm take me out .”
VanZant is at home in Oregon, nursing her arm after a second operation last-place month. The first procedure failed 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 ruined bone. They’ve now done a bone graft and put in a massive illustration. I’m hopeful it will now run. In the fight I obviously knew my arm burst. I heard it break, I felt it snap. The adrenaline didn’t take over and it injured really bad. It was huge mentally to convince myself to keep going .”
Surely she considered retiring?” I surely did. At one point she was arm-barring my shattered 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 preparing it worse ?’ That was my biggest horror. On top given the fact it injured really bad. But I have too much pride to tap out .”