12 Guage Paige VanZant defeates Courtney Himes

Posted by BAFC on 07.04.13 18:57  

Cage Warriors 15 hosted an event April 6th 2013 in Grand Junction, Colorado featuring Paige VanZant and newcomer Courtney Himes. Paige VanZant has been MIA since her loss to Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 4, but stepped up last minute to battle Himes in her hometown.

VanZant has had only one amateur fight before taking her career to the next level. She made her professional debut against Jordan Gaza in Las Vegas last year and walked away with a split decision win. She would go on to score her second consecutive win via unanimous decision against Amber Stautzenberger via Premier Fight Series 2.
VanZant is one of the most durable professional female mixed martial artists out there - her durability was tested in her bout with Florida's American Top Team athlete Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres. This bout lasted an entire fifteen minutes and ended with her opponent Torres winning via unanimous decision. Tecia Torres takes her conditioning very serious and though it looked liked VanZant would not be able to keep up - each round we would see a more refreshed VanZant.

Courtney Himes would definitely be placed on the map if she pulled off an upset, but a more experience VanZant would go on to make light work of Himes in the first round. The two warriors went straight to work with VanZant scoring an early take down. The match did not stay on the ground long as Himes managed to use the cage to make it back to her feet. The two would go on exchanging knees and VanZant with a hip toss followed by some ground and pound. Himes again would manage to make it to her feet and secured a guillotine choke - for a brief minute or so, it looked as though VanZant would be finished, but with a couple of slams to the mat Himes would go on to give up on the choke. VanZant managed to get her opponents back executing a beautiful rear naked choke.

Video: VanZant vs Himes

Hopefully we will see more of VanZant in the future!


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