10. She Spent 13 Years Studying Dance
It takes a lot of training and discipline to become an MMA fighter, as well as a willingness to learn new styles of physical expression. Though VanZant only started studying martial arts in high school (she credits much of her interest in the sport to the fact that she had been bullied as a child), she already had experience with the kind of dedication that makes a fighter.
VanZant's parents owned a dance studio, and for 13 years, she studied many different forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Even though dancing and fighting seem like polar opposites, both are very grueling forms of exercise that involve years of practice to master.
Undoubtedly, VanZant's background in dance let her take to MMA more quickly, which in turn led to her becoming the youngest female fighter ever to debut in UFC. Needless to say, her dance ability also served her well when Dancing with the Stars came calling.