VanZant, 18, is planning to come away victorious over Tecia Torres. Some discount VanZant's fighting ability as soon as they see her. A 5-foot-4 blonde bombshell with a beautiful body and model-esque good looks, VanZant looks every bit the part of a cheerleader fresh out of high school.
"I think that people do judge me based on my looks and maybe based on my demeanor," VanZant told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "But I think fighting should be fun, and I don't think it should be something where you have to be mad to fight or pissed off or anything like that."
Despite being just 18 years old, VanZant thinks she's ready for the bright lights and big-time exposure that Invicta FC offers.
"The main goal for fighters is to go pro and start being paid for the sport that you fall in love with," VanZant said. "I was offered the opportunity and my coach thought I was ready, my training partners thought I was ready, and I thought, 'Why not?'"
VanZant may be getting extra press lately due to her good looks, but she thinks fans and the MMA media will be taking notice of her mental fortitude and warrior spirit when the cage door locks on Jan. 5.
"I get (mental strength) from both my family and my faith," VanZant said. "I know that going into the cage I always have God on my side. I get it from my family too. They support me in whatever I do. And they don't care. If I'm losing every single fight, that's fine. If I'm having fun doing it they are going to back me up and support me through all of it. They just want me to be 100 percent into whatever I try and put my entire heart into it. They push me very, very hard to be successful."
VanZant fights Torres on Jan. 5 at Invicta FC 4.