Paige VanZant has turned her back on Bellator to sign a lucrative deal with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, VanZant’s deal is a multi-fight, multi-million dollar deal, and the 26-year-old is determined to end her “pretty face” stigma in the fight world.
“I feel like I still have this stigma in MMA that I’m just a pretty face, and what a way to prove to people that’s not the way I see myself at all,” she said.
While she added that the deal was “an amazing contract, an amazing opportunity”, VanZant said she would not close the door on a potential MMA return down the line.
VanZant heads to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship with a 8-5 career MMA record, and a 5-4 UFC record, with a submission loss to Amanda Ribas in the last fight of her UFC contract.
“I talked to a lot of different promotions,” VanZant said.
“I actually had no idea that I would have so many come with such big offers. I knew I would get the big players in the game, like Bellator or ONE, but I actually had five or six huge, solid promotions that I had to decide on.
“For me, at this moment in my career, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship was the one that fit best.”