Paige VanZant
12 Gauge
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 7/1/2019
Breaks arm, again
March 1, 2019
VanZant broke her forearm and will not be able to face Poliana Botelho at UFC 236, Jed Meshew of reports.
This is not the first time VanZant has broken her arm. In fact, she had the same issue in 2018, although this time around it's unclear if she'll require surgery to correct the issue. As such, a timeline for her return to competition isn't known.
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Scheduled for quick turnaround at UFC 236
February 20, 2019
VanZant will face Poliana Botelho at UFC 236 on April 13, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
It'll be a quick turnaround for VanZant, who is barely a month removed from a win via submission over Rachel Ostovich following a long layoff in which she had two arm surgeries. She'll square up with Botelho, who is entering the bout after losing to Cynthia Calvillo in her most recent outing in November.
Returns from layoff to stop Rachael Ostovich
January 19, 2019
VanZant defeated Rachael Ostovich via submission (armbar) at 1:52 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
While the end result is fine, the fact of the matter is that VanZant looked pretty dreadful in her first fight in just over a year. She allowed Ostovich to score takedowns at will and her opponent's inability to do any damage on the mat was the only reason PVZ even had a chance to stop this fight. Paige dealt with a serious arm injury during her time away so perhaps that played into her slow start. PVZ has good cardio and a decent ground game but that's about it. She hasn't improved all that much since making her UFC debut in November 2014.
Paired against Rachel Ostovich
November 6, 2018
VanZant (arm) will take on Rachel Ostovich at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn.
The fight will come over a year after VanZant's previous match, when she suffered a broken arm while losing to Jessica-Rose Clark by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in January. Her long absence was due to a setback after her initial surgery to fix the arm failed, leading to a second surgery in June. The 24-year-old has a 7-4 record as a professional, losing three of her last four matches. Her opponent, Ostovich, is just 4-4 and has lost two of her last three fights.
Second arm surgery on tap
June 12, 2018
VanZant revealed Tuesday via her personal Instagram page that her initial surgery to repair a broken arm was unsuccessful, and that she must go under the knife once again.
VanZant originally suffered the injury in the second round of her flyweight debut against Jessica Rose-Clark -- a fight she went on to lose via unanimous decision. Just under five months later, she disclosed that a new procedure will be required in which doctors take bone fragments from her hip to fill in the break and insert another plate. Since VanZant attributes the failed surgery to her desire to return too quickly, look for the 125-pounder to take a much more conservative approach this time around. Though VanZant is a young, marketable fighter with a budding skill set, she seems unlikely to affect top half of the flyweight rankings any time soon. She nearly dropped out -- falling to No. 14 overall -- with her most recent loss, and this isn't exactly the deepest division.
Suffers broken arm Sunday
January 15, 2018
UFC president Dana White posted Monday on his personal Twitter account that VanZant sustained a broken right arm Sunday during her loss to Jessica Rose-Clark at UFC Fight Night in St. Louis.
The flyweight suffered the injury in the second round, when she landed a spinning back fist into Clark's head. Despite landing the big blow, VanZant's (7-4) injury proved costly in the third and final round, as she struggled to defend herself while effectively fighting with one arm and ultimately lost his second consecutive fight, this time in a 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision. It will likely take VanZant multiple months to recover from the injury, but she should be fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon at some point later in 2018.