UFC Star Paige VanZant Talks CrossFit and 2Pac

Paige VanZant triumphed in her last fight, against Bec Rawlings in August, with a decisive knockout. The Reebok-sponsored star will look to have similar success in her next bout, a Dec. 17 matchup at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. with Michelle Waterson. To prepare for the contest, VanZant is doing up to three MMA-specific workouts a day with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, six days a week. The UFC standout is also including CrossFit in her preparations. “I’m doing interval training where it’s [timed] like a round, [and] I’m doing five 5-minute rounds,” she said. “It basically replicates the amount of time I would be in a fight.” For those workouts in the box, Reebok keeps VanZant laced up in its CrossFit Nano 6.0. Outside of her UFC career, the athlete and budding TV star — who came in second on season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” in May — is preparing for more on-screen work. While VanZant said some of her upcoming appearances are still in the contractual phase, she confirmed that she recently filmed an episode of the Food Network series “Chopped.”

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Paige VanZant (left) against Alex Chambers at UFC 191.
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Fun things to do in Sacramento
I love to take my paddleboard out and take my dog to the dog park.

Where to eat in Sacramento
The best place is Crepeville; all their food is amazing.

Favorite all-time UFC fighter
Forrest Griffin. He’s who I grew up watching; I watched all his fights with my dad.

Hidden talent
I’m a really good cook; I can make everything.

Training playlist
I listen to a lot of hip-hop when I work out, classic rap; I like 2Pac, Too $hort, and Eazy-E.

Favorite phone app
I don’t have that many apps, but I like Instagram.

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