Paige Van Zant is an up and comer in women’s MMA. While she’s already gained some notoriety in her career. She recently took a huge step in joining Team Alpha Male. Alpha Male has been dominant in the UFC as of late. Paige took a few moments to talk to MMA Explosion and discuss this big move.
You’re currently 3-1 in your pro career. How did you get started in MMA?
PV: I started fighting when I was 15 years old with Ken Shamrock at the Lions Den in Reno Nevada. I never would have imagined that I was going to punch people in the face for a living. One day my dad wanted me to try a class at the Lions Den with him because he wanted to see if he still had it in him (he was a High school/college wrestler). I ended up falling in love with fighting after the first day. It also helped that there was cute fighter men that loved helping me out.
What were some of your biggest challenges early on?
PV: There were a lot of challenges that I had to face going into this sport. I mean there was the obvious problem being a female in a mans sport. Which I was never bothered being the only girl in the gym. I grew up in the country and only hung out with boys and did tomboy things. Me and my neighborhood boys would have boxing matches in the back yard then shoot each other with air soft guns. The biggest problem that I faced and still face today is that I am not very knowledgeable of the history of the sport and who the veterans are. Going to the gym and having fights just isn’t enough to cut it. I fell in love with this sport only three years ago and that was my first day at the gym. I had no idea what fighting was other then boxing. I am trying to stay updated in the sport and learn as much as I can about how to make it a career.
So recently you have begun training at Team Alpha Male. Where were you training before? And how much do you feel Alpha Male will change your career?
PV: I am now training with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento California and I could not be happier. They are an amazing gym with amazing coaches. Before I began training with them I was just gym hopping around trying to find what fit me best. And when I had my first day at Ultimate Fitness I fell in love. I love that they have a team aspect and it’s an honor that I get to be a part of that. I know that they are going to take me to new heights in my fight career because they are the best gym out there and they care about each and every one of their fighters. I had been training with them just a few weeks then I decided to move down to Sacramento and make it my main gym. know that I am going to make their gym proud.
What differences have you noticed so far since the change?
PV: I have never had training at this level before I know was this amazing and I know that it is going to take me to the peak of my fighting career.
Team Alpha Male has really dominated the MMA world as of late. Does that add any pressure in your training, living up to that standard?
PV: I put the biggest pressure on myself. I want to improve every day I train and every fight I have.
How were you able to join Alpha Male? Did they approach you?
PV: Once Urijah found out that I had moved to Sacramento, and wanted to make it my main gym he asked me to be a part of Team Alpha Male.
You’re looking to fight at Invicta in December. Any word on possible opponents or have you given a thought to fighting anyone?
PV: Right now, I am focused on training and preparing to be at the top of my game if the opportunity to be on Invicta FC7 comes in the future.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
PV: The highlight for my career so far is that I get to fight for Invicta Fighting Championship. They are an amazing promotion and I am honored that I get to be apart of their team. They are the best of the best and are really putting WMMA on the map.
What, if anything, would you go back and change in your career up to this point if you had the option?
PV: I regret nothing that I have been through or done in life. I live one day at a time and I believe that everything happens for a reason.
Any closing comments?
PV: I would like to thank anyone who has helped me along the way, especially my parents, in my crazy MMA career. My parents have been my biggest supporters. I also want to thank my sponsors and my new management team One Dreams Zero Distraction.
Paige’s Official Site: http://www.
Paige’s Agent-One Dream Zero Distraction: http://www.