LINDSEY “Damsel” VANZANDT Gains Pro MMA Win Despite Injury
By: Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)
QUEEN MMA MEDIA
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) On Saturday, October 28, 2017, King of the Cage promotions delivered an exciting card of mixed martial arts action at the SugarHouse Casino.
Lindsey “Damsel” VanZandt remains undefeated as a pro defeating Bi “Killher Bee” Nguyen in a hard fought three round split decision victory. Bi Nguyen entered the fight with a respectable 3 – 1 pro record, proving herself to be a scrappy Atomweight and VanZandt’s biggest challenge so far as a professional. It was a close and competitive match up.
The judges at cage side scored the fight 29 – 28 Nguyen, 29 – 28 VanZandt, and 29 – 28 VanZandt. Declaring VanZandt the winner by way of split decision. Queen MMA Media had the bout scored round one 10 – 9 VanZandt, round two 10 – 9 VanZandt, and round three 10 – 9 Nguyen. Giving a close 29 – 28 decision to VanZandt.
“I broke my hand the first overhand I threw,” explained Lindsey to Queen MMA Media. “I didn’t throw as many crosses, I threw more hooks. I think it made me a little hesitant but who knows, I was trying not to think about it,” stated VanZandt regarding her injury.
VanZandt mustered the split decision victory despite suffering the injury to her right hand early in the first round. With her first two wins having come by way of impressive technical knockouts via brutal ground and pound, the win over Bi Nguyen seemed to be VanZandt’s most impressive. Faced with unexpected adversity VanZandt demonstrated the kind of composure and maturity found in a seasoned veteran, adapting to the damaged hand as well as adjusting her game plan with success. She has proven not only is she able to end fights swiftly and decisively with her aggressive ground assaults, but she is also able to intelligently navigate her way to a decision with only half an offense.
VanZandt improved her undefeated professional record to 3 – 0 while revealing yet another part of her fight game, perhaps the most important, the willingness to overcome. If VanZandt continues to advance at her current rate it will be difficult for most to consider her anything other than a real future prospect who could someday reach a place among the top Atomweights.
“I don’t think it should have went to split decision. I feel I definitely won the first two rounds,” explained VanZandt to Queen MMA Media when asked if she agreed with the judge’s decision and how the fight unfolded. “I think I could have stood up with her better in the last round,” added Lindsey pertaining to the early injury of her right hand.
VanZandt has had three fights in four months, an incredible pace for any MMA athlete. Lindsey explained she is going to take some time off before her next bout.
Bi Nguyen fell to 3 – 2 with the loss but clearly backed up her closing words after the fight, “Atomweights scrap.”
(QUEEN MMA MEDIA)
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