There are a ton of biographies out there on MMA fighters, and the line separating the good ones from the crappy ones is the degree of insight they provide.
Apparently, UFC and “Dancing With the Stars” standout Paige VanZant knew this, so when she sat down with a ghostwriter to tackle her biography, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life”, she didn’t shy away from getting deep and personal.
In fact, she discussed an incident in high school when she was gang-raped.
I’m not going to reprint the details she gives here, because they’re pretty awful. But here’s some of what MMAFighting said on it:
VanZant told MMA Fighting in a phone interview Monday that she wanted to open up for multiple reasons, especially the fact that she can be an advocate for those who have been the victims of sexual assault and bullying like she was. Writing a book, VanZant said, was the preferable method — so she could do it in her own words.
“I had written stuff in high school, and I had written things here and there,” she said. “It got to the point where it was like, you know, it’s time for me to share it. I guess being on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and being on all these shows and I kept being asked about it, I guess it was time to just be very transparent. If I was gonna say anything and be open about it, the best way to do it is to write it down in a book and let people read it. So it doesn’t necessarily have to come out of my mouth, but people get to hear my story.”
VanZant, 24, went into some graphic details about being attacked. While in high school in her native Oregon, she wrote that boys got her drunk at a party and several of them raped her when she could not defend herself.
Sometimes people really suck.