Paige VanZant on Sunday’s flyweight debut: “I’m going to be really fast, really strong and really powerful”

Paige VanZant makes her highly anticipated return to the cage at this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event when she takes on Australia’s Jessica-Rose Clark.

VanZant believes she can become a world champion at 125-pounds.

VanZant (7-3-0) will be making her flyweight debut, following a very dangerous weight-cut the last time she attempted to make 115-pounds. She is 4-2 with the UFC, having earned victories over Felice Herrig, Kailin Curran and Alex Chambers, as well as a stunning 2016 knockout of Bec Rawlings.

The 23-year-old is confident she has what it takes to be a world champion at 125-pounds and says fans will see a more powerful fighter on Sunday.

I’m going to be really fast, really strong and really powerful,” VanZant said. “I’m going to be stronger than I’ve ever been.”

VanZant certainly showed off that power in August 2016, knocking out Bec Rawlings in the second-round following a stunning switch kick. At 125-pounds VanZant believes she’ll be able to showcase her power more often.

It’s an awesome matchup,” VanZant said. “I’m excited that we’re going to be doing it here in St. Louis.”

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UFC Fight Night 124 takes place this Sunday January 14 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The main card featuring VanZant vs. Clark will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 from 10pm ET.

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