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UFC's Paige VanZant to compete on Food Network show 'Chopped'


UFC strawweight Paige VanZant will put her cooking skills to the test next month when she appears on Food Network’s “Chopped.”

VanZant joins retired figure skater Dorothy Hamill, NFL linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and fencer Mariel Zagunis in a five-part, 16-celebrity tournament. The winner of the athlete-themed episode moves on to the grand finale where the winner receives $50,000 toward the charity of their choice. There’s no word yet on which charity VanZant is repping.

The athlete-themed episode airs April 4 at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT) on the Food Network.

VanZant, otherwise known as “12 Gauge,” is only guaranteed 20 minutes to get a dish together for the show’s appetizer round. Her creation will be then evaluated by judges Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson, who decide whether she moves on to the dinner and dessert rounds – or gets “chopped.”

According to the show’s description, VanZant and other contestants encounter an “exceptionally weird flavor of soda and a cheesy dish” from a mystery box of ingredients that’s handed out at the start of each round.

So far, the only thing VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has shown off outside the cage is her dancing skills, which she used to earn a second-place finish on Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars.” She returned to the cage this past December and was submitted by Michelle Waterson (14-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 22.

Recently, VanZant teased a new UFC deal and solicited fans for ideas on her next opponent.

Officially, she remains unbooked.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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