ABU DHABI – Dana White doesn’t sound like he’s leaping on the alternative to re-sign Paige VanZant after her UFC 251 loss Saturday.

On the occasion’s post-fight information convention, MMA Junkie requested the UFC president if he needs to have VanZant (8-5 MMA, 5-Four UFC) again beneath the promotion’s banner in her subsequent outing. VanZant’s UFC 251 struggle vs. Amanda Ribas was the final on her present contract. VanZant tapped to a first-round armbar in opposition to Amanda Ribas.

“I like Paige,” White stated. “I like Paige. It’s like (Curtis) Blaydes – when Blaydes fought. Whenever you discuss all that stuff, ‘I’m not getting paid sufficient,’ and (you’re) combating inconsistently, one time within the final yr (due to accidents), after which get smoked within the first spherical of the struggle, she ought to positively take a look at free company.”

VanZant, 26, has been open about her curiosity in doubtlessly pursuing different MMA avenues exterior the UFC’s gates. In her pre-fight interview Wednesday, VanZant expressed pleasure about venturing into uncharted waters.

“I’m excited. I’ve by no means been on this place ever, so I feel it’s an necessary place for me to be in,” VanZant stated. “You don’t actually know your worth till any person else tells you what it’s, and it’s the choice of a number of people who say what they assume my worth is. So I’m going to realize quite a lot of information.”

Coming into free company, VanZant has misplaced 4 of her previous six fights. In three of these losses, VanZant was submitted. VanZant has been with the promotion since mid-2014. Her husband, Austin Vanderford, is an undefeated middleweight on the Bellator roster.

UFC 251 came about at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+ and early prelims on UFC Combat Cross.