5 MMA fighters who could join AEW
#4 Paige VanZant
UFC has been grasping for its next breakout female star since before Ronda Rousey fell to Holly Holm - understandably eager to cash in on the different audience The Baddest Woman on the Planet drew to the sport.
Paige VanZant is by no means the best of the best, but she is a talented fighter and a pretty face who generally comes across as one of the UFC’s most marketable talents. She probably won’t have a place in WWE as long as Rousey is on that landscape, given VanZant is smaller and lower profile than her.
VanZant has expressed an interest in pursuing pro wrestling in interviews though. She could be a score for AEW to help lure over MMA fans with a budding star. That’s not to mention her real fight background could add some instant legitimacy to a women’s division that may struggle to compete given the volume of top female talent WWE has gobbled up in recent years.