Paige VanZant is non-committal when it comes to her future in MMA.
After just four fights in her professional MMA career, VanZant was signed to the UFC and quickly shot to fame. She won four of her first five fights, including an incredible knockout of Bec Rawlings after competing on “Dancing With The Stars.”
VanZant’s popularity also meant plenty of opportunities outside of the sport, and after parting ways with the UFC in 2020, VanZant signed a lucrative deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. She has also moved into the professional wrestling world and isn’t quite sure what the future holds for her in terms of MMA.
“Right now I have a lot to do with BKFC and with AEW, but I don’t know,” VanZant told MMA Junkie. “I just turned 28, so I don’t really like to say a door is closed unless I know what’s safe, and it’s definitely not somewhere I’m willing to hang up. hats off entirely, so we’ll see. I’m having a lot of fun right now with bare knuckle boxing and with pro wrestling, so I don’t really have the heart to say yes or no on absolutely anything (regarding MMA) right now.
Among VanZant’s other sources of income is her Only Fans page, where she has amassed a huge following as a social media influencer.
“For me, it’s easy. I think my whole career all the way through the UFC at the start, everyone said I was a master of social media,” VanZant said. “I always feel like I am. It’s definitely another one – it’s not a full-time job for me, it’s more about having fun. I get to communicate. The difference between regular social media – Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, these are all things I have and am very active on This (fans only) is a select group of people who pay for my time so I feel like they get that one on one interaction I can talk to people personally every day whereas on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter I’m not able to respond to everyone all the time, so I find the balance really, really easy.
VanZant will look for her first win at BKFC when she headlines the promotion’s inaugural event on July 16 in London against an opponent TBD. In two bare-knuckle bouts, VanZant came up short against Britain Hart and fellow ex-UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich.