Paige VanZant has had an incredibly successful career for someone who is only 23 years old, however, the majority of her success has come outside of the Octagon, not in. Tuesday night Paige VanZant beat the competition on her episode of Celebrity "Chopped", advancing to the tournament finals, where the grand prize is $50,000 for the charity she is representing, which is Cancer Train (a charity whose proceeds go directly to helping cancer patients with their medical bills).
VanZant was thrust into the spotlight in 2014 when she made her UFC debut, and while she has been impressive, winning 5 of her 7 career UFC fights, she has shown major holes in her game. But again - she's 23. Paige VanZant has a very high ceiling as far as where she can go and how far she can go in the UFC, but it's what she has done outside the UFC that is more impressive.
Yes, there are some people who find it to be problematic that VanZant is becoming a mega-star, while still not really being a star inside the cage. They claim her good looks, smile and blonde hair have helped her into the limelight, and not her skills. To that I say, so what? Yes, Paige VanZant has absolutely benefited from her good looks and charm, but why is that an issue? She's making a name for herself, and having a blast while she's doing it. She killed it on Dancing With The Stars, advancing all the way to the finals where she and her partner finished in second-place, and now is making TV headlines once again with "Chopped".
Maybe she needs to focus some more time on her training, and maybe until she does that she won't completely blossom into a superstar, but she is more than blossoming into one outside of the Octagon, so you can't knock her hustle regardless.