Invicta FC atomweight Lindsey VanZandt waited for a scheduled fight, while she helped run Katie Rose Bakery, owned by her sister Kate in Hopewell Junction, NY.
Vanzandt helped out since employees besides family weren’t working at the start of the pandemic.
“We were lucky to stay open because it was labeled as essential, because she makes bread and stuff. Around Easter time, employees were allowed to come back,” VanZandt said. “The community has helped us stay alive. In May, we celebrated out one year anniversary of the bakery being open.”
The family business started with Kate, who graduated from culinary school and started baking. Lindsey would help out with paperwork and assist customers upfront.
They had to make tough decisions once people in New York started to get contracted by COVID-19. Katie Rose Bakery stayed open despite the majority of businesses closing.
“We did curbside like restaurants were doing – orders being placed online,” VanZandt said. “No one was allowed into the bakery. A lot of events got canceled and wedding dates got moved.”
About two months ago, VanZandt got the call for a fight. She started her fight camp despite not knowing her opponent.
Jinh Yu Frey signing with the UFC opened the doors for atomweights to compete for the vacant title. VanZandt said a win over Alesha Zappitella will give her that opportunity.
“I think it’s a great matchup for me. I’m excited to see what her game plan is. I know she’s a good wrestler, but I’m good at standing up and on the ground,” Vanzandt said. “I know she’s very aggressive and she never gives up.”
The Invicta FC atomweight comes off a loss to Rena Kubota at RIZIN 20 in December. She will look to get into title contention when she takes on Zappittella on Thursday night at the co-main event of Invicta FC 40.