One of the most anticipated fights on the main card of UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit was the matchup between the American, Paige VanZant, and the Aussie, Bec Rawlings.
Both have made impressive starts to their MMA careers and were looking to shoot up the women’s strawweight rankings. A win here would certainly make that happen.
After coasting through her first three fights in the UFC, VanZant (6-2) lost to the talented Rose Namajunas by way of a rear-naked choke in the fifth round of their headline fight in December 2015.
She hadn’t had a professional fight since that night and was looking go get back to her winning ways with a victory over the super-aggressive Rawlings.
Rawlings (7-4) had won her last two fights and was looking to make it three in a row with a victory over UFC golden girl, VanZant.
The Tasmanian began her MMA career in 2010 and made her professional debut in October 2011, just ten months after giving birth to her second son, Enson.
She starred in the first ever female version of The Ultimate Fighter and after the series ended, was offered a UFC contract.
Before the fight, the bookmakers had VanZant as the clear favourite at $1.45 and Rawlings as the outsider at $2.80 but as we all know, that means nothing as soon as the bell sounds and the fight begins.
As it turned out, the bookmakers got it right.
Rawlings led the first round, landing a number of punches to the face of VanZant. VanZant opted to stand on the outside, throwing different kicks without landing much damage.
In the second round, Paige came out hard and fast, before landing an incredible flying head kick, to knockout her opponent and get the win.