Paige VanZant’s street to Battle Island has included just a few twists alongside the way in which.
Set to battle Amanda Ribas as a part of UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, the 26-year-old fighter is hoping to capitalize on the chance with free company upon her.
“I need to show how good I’m,” VanZant lately informed ESPN. “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. I nonetheless have set myself up for achievement, and I’ll nonetheless without end 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 keen to place all of it on the market.”
It’s Van Zant’s last battle on her UFC contract and she or he might garner curiosity from MMA opponents, like Bellator or ONE Championship.
With the assistance of her “attractive” coach, husband and fellow fighter Austin Vanderford, VanZant has been staying in combating form in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, having some stripped-down enjoyable on Instagram alongside the way in which.
For a lot of April, VanZant and Vanderford — who’ve been married since 2018 — conquered social media of their birthday fits.
“Each day we tried to give you one thing new, whether or not we had been understanding, bare meal planning and cooking, gardening, out on the balcony, or simply lounging about. We’re having enjoyable with it,” Vanderford mentioned.
Although the bare escapades have since subsided, VanZant is aware of a lot is on the road as UFC 251 looms.
“I simply really feel like a daily extension isn’t what I would like, and I need to show my price and my worth — and I need a brand-new contract,” VanZant mentioned to ESPN.
With a present battle fee of $46,000 and an identical win-bonus, VanZant is raring to show herself towards Ribas, getting into the battle as a major underdog.
“It’s necessary to battle this battle out, honor my contract after which say, ‘Pay attention, that is my worth and that is what I must be paid to make it price it,’” VanZant mentioned, in keeping with CBS Sports activities.
Ought to VanZant fall to Ribas on Saturday, she might look to extra fruitful alternatives outdoors the octagon.
“If I had been to cease every part I do outdoors of combating and simply battle, I’d be at a loss financially by a protracted shot,” she mentioned.
With over 2.5 followers and counting, Instagram will definitely be watching VanZant’s subsequent transfer.