Former UFC Fighter Paige VanZant Claims She Would Never Fight Kayla Harrison

Published 02/20/2022, 11:30 AM EST

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Paige VanZant, at a very young age, has financially built a solid foundation for herself. The former UFC women’s fighter has competed against some of the best UFC strawweight’s like ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas, Michelle Waterson, and Amanda Ribas. Currently, she has is gracing the Bare Knuckle ring and has done some occasional AEW shows.

Since, the Oregon-native shares a special bond with the two-times PFL women’s lightweight tournament winner, Kayla Harrison, she has shut down a fight with the Olympic gold medalist.


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During a Q/A on her Instagram stories, ’12 Gauge’ said, “I would never fight my girlfriend!!! @judokayla” when asked if she would fight Kayla Harrison.


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Also, the undefeated Harrison is a lightweight, and VanZant has competed at strawweight and flyweight in the UFC. Thus, this matchup doesn’t seem anywhere close to reality.

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’12 Gauge’ is happily married; Her husband Austin Vanderford is an active MMA fighter. Also, Vanderford is undefeated in MMA with an 11-0 record. The two are a very lovely couple. However, VanZant had poked ‘The Gentleman‘ with her ‘girlfriend’ Kayla Harrison. ’12 Gauge’ posted on her Twitter, “Flirting with my girlfriend @KaylaH should I tell @austinv170mma ????? Things have gotten pretty serious.”

Even the Olympic gold medalist joined the fun and posted, “He’s 11-0 but he just took his first L.” The multi-time PFL tournament winner jokingly suggested the undefeated record of ‘The Gentleman’ is gone with that tweet.


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These three have actually shared the stage in the AEW ring; The ATT members with Dan Lambert have often appeared in AEW.

Since VanZant and Harrison would never fight each other in MMA or Boxing, perhaps they could square off against each other in the AEW ring. If these two ever desire to compete in a pro-wrestling setup, that would be a treat for not only the wrestling fans but also their MMA fans.


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Would we ever see these two athletes compete? What storyline would you like to see the ’12 Gauge’ and the Judoka booked in? Let us know in the comments section below.



Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.