The UFC announced that Paige VanZant will be the new color commentator for M-1 Global events in the US with her debut in the booth set for April 4.
It was announced on Wednesday that Paige VanZant will be the new commentator for all M-1 events based in the US, starting with their event on April 4 in Yuma, Arizona. VanZant will fill the color commentator role alongside former Bellator commentator Sean Wheelock who does play-by-play. M-1 has a broadcast deal with UFC Fight Pass and airs their events on the app.
Look who will be in the commentary booth for the LIVE debut of M-1 Global – USA on #UFCFIGHTPASS!
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— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) March 27, 2019
The announcement adds to what has already been an incredible first quarter of 2019 for VanZant. She was recently announced as a guest athlete who will be appearing in the highly popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 2019, becoming the only MMA fighter besides Ronda Rousey to have been featured in the magazine. She opened the year inside the cage with an impressive victory over Rachael Ostovich on the UFC’s debut card on ESPN.
Her new role continues to build VanZant as one of the biggest media personalities in the sport of MMA. Only 25 years old, VanZant has been a finalist on Dancing with the Stars, appeared and won on a celebrity episode of Chopped, and is a published author after releasing her memoir Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life last year.
The move also serves to keep Paige VanZant in the public eye as she is currently sidelined with a broken arm suffered in the bout with Ostovich. VanZant suffered a similar injury in 2018 and was kept out of action for a full year and is undoubtedly looking to stay busy around the sport as she recuperates from this latest setback.