Paige VanZant after first UFC loss: ‘I got outclassed in every way’
After starting her UFC career with three consecutive victories, VanZant failed for the first time and lost to the 3rd ranked Namajunas. Despite being the favorite, Namajunas experience paid off and after four bloody and exhausting rounds, she managed to finish VanZant via submission. Van Zant fought aggressively as usual, but it was just not enough.
“I got outclassed in every way,” VanZant told MMAjunkie at the post-fight press conference. “I guess when I got hit I got rocked pretty bad. I’m new; I got to get my technique better.”
Although she was on the wrong end of a lopsided contest, VanZant’s spirit didn’t appear to be broken after the fight.
“I’m just new; I got a lot to learn,” VanZant said. “Just working with my team – I’m trying not to cry, guys – just working with my team, trying to get my technique better. You can’t just be aggressive to win fights. I just wasn’t prepared for that fight.”
“I’m ready to get back in the gym as soon as possible,” VanZant said. “I feel great still; obviously, I took a little damage to my face. But I want to get back in there as soon as possible. I have the heart, I have the aggression, I don’t have the technique yet, and I think everyone’s known that.”