Straight from the ballroom to the battlefield. “Dancing with the Stars” runner-up and UFC strawweight Paige VanZant (pictured) makes her return to the cage against Bec Rawlings at UFC on FOX 21.
VanZant made the announcement on Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
This marks VanZant’s first fight since having her hype train derailed in December’s submission loss to Rose Namajunas. It was VanZant’s first loss in her last five outings.
However, PVZ quickly became a household name after competing in the latest season of Dancing with the Stars. “12 Gauge’s” face was plastered across millions of television sets for 10 straight weeks. Not only did America fall in love with the spunky blonde, they continued to vote for her to remain in the dancing competition. It makes complete since for the UFC to put her on a freebie FOX card in her return bout.
Rawlings will be riding a two-fight winning streak into the tango. After dropping her UFC debut to Heather Clark in December 2014, “Rowdy” rebounded nicely by submitting Lisa Ellis and most recently Seo Hee Ham in March.
The August 27 event goes down inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
FOX will broadcast the main card live starting at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Here is the card’s current roster:
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Garreth McLellan
Bec Rawlings vs. Paige VanZant
Charles Oliveira vs. Anthony Pettis