Montana De La Rosa wants 'name' Paige VanZant after UFC 234

MELBOURNE, Australia – Montana De La Rosa believes a fight with Paige VanZant will be in order if she can emerge victorious at UFC 234 on Saturday.

De La Rosa (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is looking to further make her name inside the octagon when she takes on Nadia Kassem (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a women’s flyweight matchup. If she wins, De La Rosa would be on a strong streak in her weight class and in line for a big fight.

In her mind, there’s no better way to help grow her reputation than with a fight against VanZant (8-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who is coming off a second-round submission of Rachael Ostovich at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January.

“I think Paige VanZant would be a great next fight for me,” De La Rosa told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at UFC 234 media day. “We both beat Rachael, it’s good for the media, and it just gets you a lot more well known. It’s more the name.”

UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. De La Rosa vs. Kassem is part of the pay-per-view main card following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

De La Rosa, 23, admits she doesn’t know a ton of her opponent going into the bout other than that she’s seen through her limited fight footage. Still, though, that’s given her confidence in the matchup.

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“I’ve watched any fights that I saw on YouTube of her,” De La Rosa said. “I feel like she’s going to be kind of young and reckless in there. I know we’re the same age, but I feel a lot more confident, and I feel like I have more experience than her.”

The women’s 125-pound division is still the newest among UFC weight classes. The true pecking order is still being sorted, but De La Rosa believes a victory at UFC 234 puts her in a prime position.

“The most finishes and wins in the ’25 division is three, so I’m going to be right there on the top with everybody,” De La Rosa said. “I feel like I’ll start to make my way toward that championship belt.”

To hear more from De La Rosa, watch the video above.

For more on UFC 234, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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