Paige VanZant, the cute-as-a-button strawweight who headlined a UFC in her last cage outing, has been kicking ass as a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars”. And now she’s landed a movie role.

Granted, it’s a cheesy flick starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but this is how it all starts…

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Paige VanZant is heading out of the cage and onto the big screen for her feature debut. The UFC’s eighth-ranked Women’s Strawweight fighter and current Dancing With The Stars finalist contestant will be joining Kickboxer: Retaliation.

In the latest pic in the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme-originated Kickboxer franchise, VanZant will play Gamon, a 26-year-old with high-level fighting and shooting skills with some strong criminal connections too. The role was specifically written for VanZant after producers saw her on the ABC dancing competition show this season. “Paige is the up-and-coming darling of the UFC and her star quality shines through on camera,” producer Rob Hickman of Our House Films said in a statement. “She’s a tremendous asset to the film both as an onscreen talent and as a trainer fighter.”

We are definitely going to be losing VanZant as a fighter soon. Which is fine. She’s a star outside of the cage, and deserves all the fame she gets.