Paige VanZant shared two killer workout photos for her latest Instagram upload. For the post, she looked focused as she worked on her stand-up skills, hitting pads while wearing a pair of boxing gloves.
The MMA fighter has been giving fans a glimpse of her training regimen as she prepares to compete in UFC 251 on July 11 and she looked deadly in her most recent pics. VanZant was photographed inside a garage as she worked with a trainer who wore a pair of punching mitts.
The 26-year-old was shot from the waist up for both snaps. VanZant — whose real name is Paige Michelle Vanderford — rocked a black Reebok t-shirt that had “Brooklyn New York” written across the chest. She sported a pair of white Fairtex boxing gloves that had her last name personalized on the wrist. She also styled her long blond hair in tight braids for the workout.
For the first pic, the flyweight extended her right arm to punch while keeping her left hand close to her face. She looked squarely at her trainer with her mouth open. Her trainer wore protective gear over his chest along with the punching pads.
In the second snap, the trainer had the punching mitts off and raised his fist. VanZant flashed a big smile while seemingly taking instructions. Her right hand was up while her left hand was held by her side. The fighter tagged photographer Alyssa Jones in the post. She also included a caption about using happiness as a weapon, adding two animal emoji to her words.
Many of the UFC competitor’s 2.5 million Instagram followers took notice of the fierce training pictures and more than 27,000 of them showed their support by slapping the “like” button. VanZant received over 150 comments as well, which included a litany of strong emoji and words of encouragement from her friends and followers.
“REAL TALK…. LET’S GO PAIGE… UFC251,” wrote an excited supporter.
“Love that caption so inspiring,” a follower responded.
Not all of the comments were positive, however, as several of her detractors left negative feedback.
“U suck. Stick with dancing….since u made more than u did combined in #ufc,” one Instagram user replied.
“Keep working on that modeling career,” added another.
As covered by The Inquisitr, VanZant showed off the results of her training in another photo earlier this week. She posed inside an MMA cage along with three others. The UFC fighter rocked tights and a black sports bra while putting her rock-hard abs on display. That post earned over 40,000 likes.