Paige VanZant Scores Dominant Win in Power Slap Debut, Knocks Her Opponent Down Twice (Highlights)

After struggles inside the Octagon, the squared circle, and the boxing ring, VanZant finally found a sport she can win at

Paige Vanzant Wins Power Slap Debut
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Paige VanZant scored her first win since 2019.

’12 Gauge’ made her promotional debut for Power Slap on Friday night inside the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. There, she delivered a dominant showing against South African standout Christine ‘The Edge’ Wolmarans, knocking her opponent down twice en route to a unanimous decision victory.

The UFC and BKFC veteran forced Wolmarans to take a knee with her slaps in the second and third rounds while Wolmarans barely seemed to hurt ‘PVZ’ with her offerings—even after getting a fourth opportunity to slap due to a flinching foul being called on VanZant in the final round. 

Ultimately, all three judges scored the match 30-25 in VanZant’s favor. VanZant also took home a $10,000 performance bonus for her victory. 

Paige VanZant is Far From Done with Power Slap

Speaking with Charly Arnolt following her victory, VanZant made it clear that this won’t be the last time you see her step up to the Power Slap podium.

“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.”

It was VanZant’s first win in combat sports since a victory over Rachael Ostovich under the UFC banner in January 2019. She followed that up with a loss to Amanda Ribas before exiting the promotion in search of greener pastures and new challenges. She found both in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, signing a lucrative deal with the organization before dropping back-to-back bouts against Britain Hart and the aforementioned Ostovich. 

In May, ‘PVZ’ made her professional boxing debut, challenging Misfits Boxing middleweight champion Elle Brooke at the MF & DAZN X Series 15 in Houston, Texas. Though VanZant didn’t lose the bout, she failed to take home the gold as the judges ruled the fight a split draw. 

“This is too much fun to walk away from,” she added in her post-match interview.

Check out VanZant’s comments at the Power Slap 8 press conference following her big win below:

Published on June 29, 2024 at 11:40 am
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