‘She Did Not Want to Live Anymore’ – Daniel Cormier Reveals Paige VanZant’s Horrifying Mental Battle Against Pressure

Published 09/05/2021, 12:28 PM EDT


Paige VanZant is one of the most popular combat sports fighters out there. ’12 Gauge’ is an MMA fighter, boxer, author, and model. She has also appeared in the television series Dancing With The Stars and Chopped.

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VanZant has been a public figure for too long and therefore has faced the pressure that comes with it. Recently during the DC and RC podcast, UFC legend Daniel Cormier talked about ’12 Gauge’ and her battle with mental health.

Cormier talked about how VanZant has been suffering from mental health issues. ‘DC’ said, “Paige Van Zant is a young lady that deals with pressure, which is unheard of. She told her husband, and this was me saying why did she run out of the ring when it was clear that she lost. She goes I walked out of the ring, I just went and I cried in a parking lot all by myself.”

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“I said some things to my husband that are pretty terrible about like my mental state. She goes on to say that she told him that she didn’t want to live anymore. That this wasn’t for her anymore, like life, not sport, wasn’t for her anymore. So she was disappointed. She said that it was so hard losing that fight to Rachael Ostovich in bare-knuckle. This is crazy.”

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VanZant has often talked about how she has been battling with mental pressure for some time. The fighter has also, on various occasions, revealed how lonely and beaten down she felt during that time and how she tried to deal with it.

Daniel Cormier talks about how Paige VanZant feels everyone wants her to loose

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Cormier also revealed that at one point VanZant felt so much pressure that she believed everyone wanted her to lose. DC revealed, “She also talked a little about how it feels like everybody just wants her to lose. They want her to lose for what.”

“Paige Van Zant is not a bad person, she is a great young lady. Why does she feel that pressure going into the ring to fight, but also when she steps out of the ring?”

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Paige VanZant is just 27 years old and has a very bright future in combat sports. And one can just wish that the fighter can completely win her battle against mental health and come back stronger.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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