Name: Paige Michelle VanZant
Born: March 26, 1994
Occupation: Model and mixed martial artist
Paige VanZant was born in Dundee, Oregon. Raised in Dayton, Oregon, Paige is the daughter Rachael and Steve VanZant, parents who owned a dance studio.
For more than 13 years, she learned various dance styles, including ballet, hip hop and jazz. Paige also appeared in a Bissell mop commercial. She adored the outdoors growing up and would avidly ride dirt bikes, go fishing, hunt and shoot. Because of this, she was regularly bullied, which prompted her to learn martial arts so she could defend herself.
Paige has been dating Alan Bersten, her “Dancing with the Stars” troupe dance partner.
Paige’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career when her family relocated to Sparks, Nevada. Although she was looking for a job at a dance studio, Paige actually discovered a gym owned by MMA and professional wrestling veteran Ken Shamrock. This is where she would learn and train in boxing and various other martial arts. At just 18 years old, Paige was victorious in an amateur fight.
She would make her MMA debut in mid-2012 by competing for the UWF’s Tournament of Warriors in Corpus Christi, Texas. She defeated Jordan Nicole Gaza by a split decision. A few months later, she won another fight against Amber Stautzenberger at Premier Fight Series 2.
Paige was signed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in late 2013. She was signed to compete in its brand new Strawweight division. By October 2014, UFC confirmed that Paige would face off against Kailin Curran, but she suffered a back injury. Paige finally made her UFC debut by beating Kailin by TKO in the third round.
After just one fight, Paige would become an overnight success and was signed to sponsor deals with the likes of Reebok. But it turned out to be a prudent investment for the athletic wear company because Paige would go on to defeat Felice Herrig and Alex Chambers. Paige would lose her first fight in a match against Rose Namajunas. She is scheduled to face Bec Rawlings on Aug. 27.
Paige has already become a pop culture phenom. In March 2016, Paige was picked as one of the celebrities to compete in the 22nd season of “Dancing with the Stars” alongside Mark Ballas. The pair finished in second place. There have also been reports (2016) that Paige may appear in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the near future.
We estimate that Paige VanZant’s net worth is $600,000 (2016).
So how much is $600,000 really?
$600,000 is close to what you can earn in an average UFC purse size. $600,000 can also buy you the state-of-the-art equipment and training technology to become the ultimate MMA fighter.