Tonight marks the return of Dancing With The Stars and this season the UFC has another fighter representing them in the form of women’s straw-weight fighter Paige VanZant. In the past it was Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, and they didn’t last too long in the competition. I’ve got a good feeling about Paige though. She comes in with a lot more grace and natural dance ability than Chuck and Randy.
There was talk during the introduction videos that Paige would have to de-program some of her fighting instincts to make a go of things on the dance floor, but once she was out there she flowed through the foxtrot and kept up with her dance partner gracefully. There were a few moments where the two lost a bit of sync, but overall it was leaps and bounds beyond what we’re used to seeing when a UFC fighter appears on Dancing With The Stars.
As for the scores, all three judges gave the pair an acceptable 7/10 score for 21 points, putting Paige in a tie for fourth place with Donald Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples. Above them with 23 points each: Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris, Good Morning America weather presenter Ginger Zee, and model / actor Nyle DiMarco.
Down at the bottom: reporter Geraldo Rivera, NFL player Doug Flutie, and the OC’s Mischa Barton.
Watch Paige and two time DWTS winner Mark Ballas in the videos below: