In this Monday, April 13, 2015, photo, mixed martial arts fighter Paige VanZant, right, spars with Sarah Jamila at Ultimate Fitness in Sacramento, Calif. VanZant, 21, is scheduled to fight Felice Herrig in an Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight match in New Jersey on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paige VanZant was too young to fight professionally when she first took up mixed martial arts. When a small-time promotion offered her the chance to walk around the cage holding a numbered card above her head, she took it even though she really wanted to be inside throwing punches.

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