A match-up of two exciting strawweights has been added to the UFC on Fox 21 Vancouver card. This card will be taking place on August 27 at Rodgers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. This card does not currently have a headliner.
VanZant (6-2) is coming off a recent loss to #2 Rose Namajunas at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas. VanZant was originally matched to fight Joanne Calderwood but she was replaced by Namajunas after suffering an injury. After the loss to Namajunas, VanZant took some time off from fighting to be a contestant of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars.
Rumors were circulating that VanZant would next fight on the highly anticipated UFC 200 card taking place in July. However because of her success on Dancing with the Stars, she was unable to make the commitment for a fight so soon. After placing second on the show, VanZant is now ready to get back it the Octagon.
After her announcement has made on ESPN's SportsCenter she stated:
"I missed the violence. I really miss MMA and the UFC."
As for Rawlings, she in currently on a two fight win streak. Her most recent win over Seo Hee Ham came via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night Brisbane, Australia. The Australian native is looking to improve her record and climb the rankings. A win over a big, recognizable name like VanZant could be just the ticket to rocket her career in the directions she need.