A women’s strawweight bout has been added to UFC on FOX 21 as Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings has been added to the card.
Paige Van Zant announced the news this afternoon on ESPN SportsCenter.
UFC on Fox 21 will be held on August 27, 2016 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
VanZant (6-2 MMA) is coming off a submission loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas. VanZant was expected to face Joanne Calderwood on December 10, 2015, however Calderwood was pulled from the fight in October and replaced by Namajunas. Following the loss, on March 8, 2016, VanZant was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. She partnered with professional dancer Mark Ballas. The couple reached the finals of the show and finished in second place behind model Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Rawlings (7-4 MMA) is riding a two fight winning streak following a debut loss in the UFC after a stint on the Ultimate Fighter Season 20. Rawlings defeated Lisa Ellis via first round submission at UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt in Adelaide before following that up with a unanimous decision win over Seo Hee Ham in Brisbane, Australia at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir.
With this fight addition, UFC on FOX 21 now looks like this:
Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira
Gareth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico
Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings