Paige VanZant may be a star to casual UFC fans thanks to her traditional good looks and runner-up performance on Dancing With the Stars, but for some hardcore viewers of MMA and a few of her fellow fighters, she’s everything that’s wrong with MMA’s turn towards entertainment over sport. When PVZ loses, the schadenfreude is strong. Nevermind the fact that she’s out there at 23 years old, fighting some of the best in the world and knocking some of them out in spectacular fashion — most believe that the reason she’s getting money, mainstream media pushes, and headlining fight cards because she’s a pretty young blonde girl.
It’s well-known that before Rose Namajunas bloodied VanZant and made her tap, she shaved her head because she didn’t want to be involved in a “beauty pageant.” It didn’t make things easier on PVZ when the UFC didn’t allow her to cut her hair for children’s cancer research.
All of this has led to backlash towards “12 Guage” whenever it’s “appropriate.” The latest outrage comes to us thanks to a video from VanZant pushing the latest Reebok “black and white” line of products that has since been deleted. Almost immediately after posting, fighters and fans were wondering what it was they were watching. Here it is: