Fighter pay has all the time been a scorching subject of dialogue in blended martial arts (MMA), particularly within the Final Combating Championship (UFC) area. However ever since Jon Jones revealed that he’d be vacating his Mild heavyweight title after a monetary dispute with UFC, fighters expressing their grievances with the promotion has been the brand new norm.
The newest fighter to say the low-paying verify stubs earned from the promotion is Paige VanZant. Whereas “12 Gauge” wasn’t precisely slamming UFC or flat-out demanding a rise in wage immediately, she did inform ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that she made more cash throughout her stint on “Dancing with the Stars” than she has in all eight of her UFC fights…mixed.
To not point out she makes much more cash on Instagram than getting punched within the face.
In order she heads into what could possibly be her last battle for the promotion at UFC 251 in opposition to Amanda Ribas on July 11, VanZant is able to put all of it on the road. That stated, she doesn’t really feel her worth gained’t fluctuate if she leaves “Battle Island” with a win, loss or a draw.
“I need to show myself. I need to show how good I’m. I understand how arduous I’ve labored. So, no, the strain isn’t increased, and I do really really feel my worth doesn’t change, whether or not I win or lose,” she stated in a latest interview with ESPN. “I nonetheless have set myself up for achievement, and I’ll nonetheless perpetually be Paige VanZant, however that doesn’t imply I’m not going to go on the market and battle to die. This battle issues extra to me than any battle in my total life. I’m prepared to place all of it on the market.”
Certainly, VanZant has proven that she has crossover enchantment due to her “it” issue and run on “DWTS,” which noticed her come ever-so near successful all of it, dropping out to Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd within the finals.
Nonetheless, VanZant is searching for a model new contract, not an extension, from UFC or one other promotion. And he or she is greater than prepared to show her value as she has one battle remaining on her present UFC deal.
“I simply really feel like a daily extension isn’t what I would like, and I need to show my value and my worth — and I desire a brand-new contract. And I’m actually excited to get that chance and actually take a look at the free company as a result of how have you learnt what your worth is except you may go take a look at it amongst all the opposite sharks?”
Paige bought again within the win column in her final outing, defeating Rachael Ostovich at UFC Battle Night time 143 in January of 2019, snapping her two-fight dropping streak. Her comeback was beforehand stalled on account of ongoing points along with her arm.
VanZant is presently represented by First Spherical Administration, the identical agency that represents Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal, one other man who lately had a go together with the promotion relating to pay.