Paige VanZant is currently part of the UFC’s flyweight division. And while she’s just 7-4 overall with losses in three of her previous four fights, she’s just happy to be here at all. That’s because at 14 years old, VanZant would be sexually assaulted. Not only that, but bullying would follow her all through high school. She explains to ABC News:
“I didn’t have anywhere to run to, I didn’t have anybody to turn to. … [It was] bad enough that I had to run into the bathroom, and I’d eat my lunch on the toilet … because I just felt too scared to eat lunch in the cafeteria.”
Things would only get worse after the night of her assault, of course. But at that point in time, loneliness would consume her.
“I felt like I was a smart girl, my parents raised me well, they raised me to know better and to have some intuition. It all went out the window just because I was so lonely, I was in so much pain I just … all I could think about was, ‘Wow, I have somebody who wants to be my friend.’”
But she doesn’t stop there.
“When I walked in the door of their house I was like … this probably isn’t such a good idea.”
After that night, she would become an entirely different person. But as VanZant says, it wasn’t in a good way.
cheap paroxetine online, buy clomid online. “IA�didn’t see any other way out. When you’re in that position, when you’re feeling that much pain, it’s not that you want to die. You just don’t want to be in pain anymore.”
VanZant also says she just recently opened up to her parents about all of this. But there’s a reason she couldn’t do it sooner.
“I didn’t want to disappoint them and I didn’t want them to be mad at me. And I feel like once I told my parents then it would have been real.”
As for her venture into MMA, that’s what VanZant credits for saving her life.
“MMA fighting saved my life, it saved who I was as a person too.”
And she credits the recent “Me Too” movement for being able to share her own story. Now she just hopes it can change the lives of others. But more than that, hearing the awful stories of Olympic gymnastA�Aly Raisman is what would give her that final push.
“That’s what I needed to actually move forward with my book. I really hope that if I can change one life, then me telling my story is worth it.”
VanZant last fought for the UFC in January, losing via unanimous decision to Jessica-Rose Clark. But at just 24 years old, there’s no doubtingA� that VanZant has a bright futurea��whether it’s in MMA or elsewhere.