ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

Paige VanZant brought some of her high-flying, Dancing with the Stars moves to the Octagon at UFC Vancouver.

After a back-and-forth first round against Bec Rawlings, "12 Gauge" turned up the heat to open the second frame, knocking "Rowdy" out with a jumping switch kick and a barrage of ground and pound hammerfists, just 17 seconds into round two.

"I danced a little bit more and got a knockout," VanZant told Brian Stann in her post-fight interview.

The knockout victory is a big win for VanZant, who's returning to the Octagon following a long layoff thanks to competing on the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars. The No. 10 ranked women's strawweight now improves to a 7-2 record, while Rawlings falls to 7-5.

After the fight, her Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas gave her a shoutout on social media.

Initially, VanZant wasn't connecting with her jumping strikes in round one. Rawlings had a bit of an edge to start the fight, landing a variety of punching combinations nearly every time they entered the clinch.

However, Vanzant was able to find her groove towards the end of the first round, landing a nice leg kick and punching combination of her own to finish out the frame.

Between rounds, her coaches told her to cool it with the jumping attacks, but as you've already seen, the technique turned out to be the right move for VanZant in the end.

The win also ended up being an historic victory for Vanzant, as she now owns the most finishes ever in the history of the strawweight division.

As for what's next for the 22-year-old, the rising UFC star told Stann that she wants to make a quick turnaround and fight before the end of the year.

"I want to get on that December card in Sacramento," VanZant said.

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