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Paige VanZant no longer part of UFC 200 plans

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Paige VanZant won't be fighting at UFC 200 after all.

The popular strawweight had originally hoped to fight on the July 9 card in Las Vegas, however, according to her manager Mike Roberts that plan is now off. The main reason? VanZant's involvement on the "Dancing with the Stars" show.

"After thinking about it, the show is taking up a lot of her time," Roberts said. "She wants to have time to improve and get better, so we decided to postpone her return to about late-August."

The UFC was originally on board with the idea of having VanZant on the UFC 200 card to build off her involvement on "DWTS," which she is currently thriving on. She is actually one of the favorites to win this season of the show, and in fact, she landed a perfect score on Monday's episode.

The 22-year-old VanZant hasn't fought since her submission loss to Rose Namajunas in December. That loss dropped her professional record to 6-2.

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