Paige VanZant Wins Power Slap Debut With Two Knockdowns

Photo: Instagram/Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant celebrated her first combat sports victory since 2019 on Friday. The former UFC and BKFC fighter knocked down Christine Wolmarans twice to win her slap fighting debut at Power Slap 8 by unanimous decision.

VanZant, 30, delivered her knockdowns in the second and third rounds of the three-round match. Despite a flinching foul that gave Wolmarans a fourth slap attempt, VanZant dominated the match. All three judges scored it 30-25 in her favor.

“Honestly, it was absolutely incredible,” VanZant said. “Of course I wanted to knock her out with the first slap, but I’m so happy that it went the way that it did. I knew I could take a punch, I knew I could take a slap. That was really fun.”

Photo: Instagram/Paige VanZant

Before this win, VanZant had struggled since her 2019 UFC victory over Rachael Ostovich. She lost her final UFC bout to Amanda Ribas and then dropped two bare-knuckle boxing matches against Britain Hart and Ostovich. Recently, she fought to a split draw in an influencer boxing match against Elle Brooke.

VanZant is excited about her return to winning and hinted that she plans to continue with slap fighting. “This is too much fun to walk away from,” she said.

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Source: MMA Fighting 


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