Paige VanZant is on Dancing with the Stars, and many MMA fans might not care, but it’s important.

Hosts Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) explained why on the latest episode of Rear-Naked Choke Radio.

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VanZant, the all-American girl UFC strawweight, is a contestant on season 22 of DWTS, although other UFC fighters have bigger names and more accomplished resumes. Rizzo and Kelly discussed the benefits of PVZ playing a part in pop culture, not only for VanZant, but also for the UFC.

Later, the guys reminisced about the early days of RNC Radio in Las Vegas when Ken Shamrock and actor Sean Farris had joined the show, covered the latest Bellator news of Chris Leben’s heart condition and questioned why Dada 5000 did not get the same treatment before his fight. They heartily recalled fighters trying their hand in TV and film (for better and for worse), as well as the lengthy line of female bantamweights wanting a crack at new UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate’s belt.

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and on YouTube.

About The Author

Jason Kelly
Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo’s longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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