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UFC's Paige VanZant takes solace in her 'Dancing With the Stars' runner-up showing

UFC's Paige VanZant takes solace in her 'Dancing With the Stars' runner-up showing

In the seconds before the “Dancing With the Stars” winner was identified Tuesday night, Paige VanZant stood, facing downward. Then, deaf model Nyle DiMarco was announced as the champion.

“As I look back, if I was just watching the show on TV and I saw someone like Nyle on, I would vote for him,” VanZant, an Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight fighter, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. “He really was inspirational, doing things no one’s really done before. It was inspiring and I’m happy for him and how he has inspired people.”

While VanZant and her partner, Mark Ballas, closed...

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