Strong. Sexy. Fit. Dangerous.

That is how one would best describe MMA bombshell Paige VanZant.

Known as “12 Gauge”, the 23-year-old 5’4, 115-pound strawweight and Dundee, Oregon native has a 7-3 W-L record with two wins by knockout, two by submission and three by decision. Her three losses are two via submission and one via decision.

Trained in a mixture of styles including boxing, shoot fighting, Muay Thai and BJJ (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu), is a versatile fighter who can fight as a striker or as a grappler.

In a sport as violent as mixed martial arts with other notable female fighters such as Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, the blond-haired stunner is a winner in and out of the octagon.

Outside of ring, VanZant has appeared in magazines such as HERS, MAXIM and most recently as a runner-up on ABC’s uber-popular competition show, Dancing With The Stars, and most recently was announced as one of 16 celebrities to appear on Food Network’s celebrity cooking show, Chopped. One of MMA’s most marketable fighters, VanZant also has a deal with shoe and apparel giant, Reebook.

Fighting inside the octagon, modeling outside of it, VanZant also has her beautiful blue eyes set on Hollywood.

Per TMZ, VanZant pulled out of her first acting role, Kickboxer: Retaliation alongside Mike Tyson and Hafpor Julius Bjornsson—a.k.a. Mountain from “Game of Thrones”—to focus on her upcoming fight with Bec Rawlings

Truly one of the brightest stars in MMA, VanZant’s star and brand—like her current record—is only set to get brighter and accumulate a few more wins—on what is an already impressive belt.

Thanks to the exploding success of mixed martial arts and popularity of the UFC, MMA is here to stay indefinitely. Don’t be shocked if VanZant is one of the biggest reasons why.

Happy Woman Crush Wednesday!

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