The UFC fighter explains how mixed martial art has contributed to her dealing with the pain of being sexually assaulted as a teen and how she is using her luminary status to assistance other the number of victims of bully and abuse
‘I‘m clearly not a quitter ,” Paige VanZant says as the Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter explains why, in January, she refused to give up after she interrupted her arm during the first round but duelled on for 10 times before losing a decision to Jessica-Rose Clark in St Louis. Her fearlessnes that night, and in other bouts, has its spring in a dark history.
VanZant has also spoken of digesting years of bullying and a painful gang-rape as a 14 -year-old in Oregon. Yet she has been scoffed by hardcore mixed martial arts love for being hyped ahead of better boxers because she is attractive and opens up the brutal business of enclosure engaging to a different audience.
Before she addresses the abuse that roughly destroyed her 10 years ago, VanZant remembers her grit against Clark.” I so wanted to finish the fight ,” she says, cheerfully.” I toiled so difficult to get there I wasn’t going to let a busted arm take me out .”
VanZant is at home in Oregon, nursing her arm after a second operation last 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 grafting and put in a massive layer. I’m hopeful it is now time task. In the fight I emphatically knew my forearm divulged. I heard it break, I felt it interrupt. 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 obviously did. At one point she was arm-barring my shattered arm and she caught me in that triangle and I was trying to fight out of that with one side. I’m thinking:’ Am I shaping it worse ?’ That was my biggest fear. On top of the fact it hurt really bad. But I have too much dignity to tap out .”