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Paige VanZant Quotes

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Paige VanZant quotes: on being bullied growing up, how fighting found her, dealing with pressure, her perspective on life, and more.

“No matter what you do, you have to be passionate about it. Even if you’re different or stand out, you’re going to enjoy what you do.”

“Keep working hard and find the areas that you need to work on. See what you did wrong and work on it.”

“You don’t know your value until you test it.”

“A lot of people focus on just one discipline, and when they get out of that, they’re in a difficult position.”

“I needed something to challenge myself a little more. I found fighting, and it completely fit my personality. I’m meant to be a busy person.”

“I actually didn’t pursue a career in MMA. It was nothing that I sought after, it just kind of fell into my lap after varying circumstances in my life. I’ve gone through a lot of hardships. I started fighting and it started as a passion and it kind of quickly turned into a career. I’m so happy I get to do something and get paid to do something I’m so passionate about. It’s been able to open up several doors outside of fighting for me that I’m also very passionate about. I’ve had a lot of success at a young age, but I absolutely love what I do and I plan to fight for a long time as well as do some things outside of fighting.”

“I used to be a cheerleader, but fighting just seemed more, ‘me.’ So I went that route.”

“I gave up school. I gave up a really, really good job. I gave up a lot of stuff. I cut a lot of people out of my life so I could just focus on my fighting dreams.”

“I’ve always been very competitive, and I’ve always had this desire to win my entire life. I guess when it comes to being in the cage, especially, I just hate losing more than I like to win. The idea of someone beating me just doesn’t sit well.”

“There’s a lot of girls out there that can relate to me. They can look at me and see themselves a little bit. There’s a lot of girls out there that have a tougher side to them. I just think that people are really grown and attracted to that, and that’s why people like to see me fight.”

“I don’t go into a fight mad. I go into a fight like it’s my birthday. I love what I’m doing.”

“I’m used to being under pressure. Luckily, I perform well under pressure.”

“I’m just going to be myself; there’s no reason for me to try and go out there and put a certain facade on or emphasize, ‘Hey, I’m this. You need to believe it.’ I just want to be the best that I can be, and if people like me, that’s great, and if they don’t, they don’t.”

“No matter what type of challenges life presents me inside or outside the Octagon, I have already proven to myself, I can overcome them and come out better on the [other] side.”

“I will take my MMA career one day at a time. I see what opportunities are presented and I really don’t have a plan. I’m just going to keep doing this for as long as I’m passionate about it.”

“I make way more money sitting at home, posting pictures on Instagram than I do fighting.”

“I definitely want to be an inspiration or a role model for all the little girls out there or anyone out there that wants to break stereotypes. I feel like I’m breaking stereotypes with what I’m doing. I’m not the typical fighter, and there’s a lot of people out there that won’t do something just because they don’t fit the stereotype.”

“I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to try to be a good influence. I’m in the eye of the public and I feel like I was put in a position to use it as a platform. For me, fighting isn’t my purpose, it’s my platform. I was put here for a reason and I feel like it’s up to me to share my story and hopefully inspire a lot of young girls who are struggling. I’ve fought through a lot of hardships and I have been outspoken on them. Now, I feel like it’s my turn to give back because I’ve had a lot of people help me. Hopefully, a lot of people can see my story and gain confidence from it.”

“I had a tough childhood and was constantly bullied in high school. 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 want to prove myself. I want to prove how good I am, how hard I’ve worked. The pressure isn’t higher. I do truly feel like my value doesn’t change. Whether I win or lose, I still have set myself up for success, and I will still forever be Paige VanZant.”

“I have a lot of things in the works; I’m still building up my career while I can.”

“I really hope that if I can change one life, then me telling my story is worth it.”

“The support system from your family is a game changer. It helps with your mental strength more than anything. It’s just a huge blessing.”

“I’ve been blessed; I’ve been getting so many amazing opportunities because of the UFC. I know there are going to be haters no matter how successful I am, and I just have to be thankful for all the blessings that I have because all of it can be over before you know it.”

“It’s just such a blessing that I get to be paid for something that I’m in love with.”

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