Paige VanZant is ready to check the MMA free company market after the ultimate struggle of her UFC contract led to very inglorious style.
Brazilian flyweight Amanda Ribas kicked off UFC 251’s important card on Sunday with a first-round armbar submission victory over VanZant.
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Ribas (10-1) improved to 4-Zero within the UFC with a swift dismantling of the favored VanZant (8-5), whose UFC contract is up after 4 losses in her final six bouts.
In her first struggle in properly over a yr, VanZant didn’t even make it out of the primary spherical.
Following her current feedback about how underpaid she is in UFC, boss Dana White issued a scathing parting shot.
“I like Paige,” White mentioned throughout his post-UFC 251 press convention.
“Once you discuss all that stuff, ‘I am not being paid sufficient,’ and combating inconsistently, one time within the final yr, accidents, after which received smoked within the first spherical of the struggle, she ought to positively take a look at free company.”
And famend MMA author Kevin Iole was simply as scathing.
“Paige VanZant, who’s more and more turning into identified extra for being Austin Vanderford’s spouse reasonably than something she’s completed within the cage, was mauled by Amanda Ribas and submitted within the first,” Iole wrote.
Paige VanZant intent on getting her cash’s value
However VanZant, who many suppose will quickly step away from MMA to begin a household, is intent on discovering her true value.
The social media star, who boasts some 2.6 million followers on-line, makes far more cash on Instagram and from an look on ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
“I’ve been with the UFC for six years now, and thru this time I’m nonetheless – which is loopy – on the identical contract earlier than I fought Rose [Namajunas] at 22-years-old, and I’m 26 now,” she informed UFC just lately.
“I simply really feel like a daily extension isn’t what I would like. I wish to show my value and my worth and I desire a model new contract.
“I’m actually excited to get the chance and actually take a look at the free company as a result of how are you aware what your worth is except you’ll be able to go take a look at it among the many different sharks?”
Some say VanZant may very well be value round $three million due to her burgeoning social media prescence.
However VanZant revealed she earns simply $46,000 (US) per struggle within the UFC, with one other $46,000 added if she wins.
“I’m not going to cover that as a result of everybody is aware of. I could make far more cash than that simply selling manufacturers on Instagram, and that ought to say one thing,” she mentioned.
“Why would I step away from all of the wonderful success that I’ve? I made extra money from ‘Dancing with the Stars’ than I’ve in my total UFC profession mixed – each struggle, each win, each bonus.”
Paige VanZant’s subsequent profession transfer
Rumours at the moment are swirling about VanZant’s subsequent profession transfer, with Bellator (the place husband Vanderford fights) and WWE potential touchdown spots.
“I additionally suppose the WWE is a tremendous organisation and it’s a really athletic leisure business which might go well with me,” she mentioned beforehand.
“There’s in all probability big potential for a crossover down the road and naturally I’m a giant fan of what they do, so it will be nice to be part of.”
And a profession in Hollywood isn’t out of the query.
“There’s this dialog that I might have a brief profession, that Hollywood could be calling my title,” Paige beforehand informed the South China Morning Publish.
“In fact they’re, however as a fighter, my ardour is to compete, and that’s what I’m going to do till that keenness is not there.”
However household can also be on the forefront of her thoughts.
VanZant has been treating her followers to a novel perception into her house life with Vanderford, posting a lot of risque images on-line because the couple loved the coronavirus lockdown within the buff.
“It’s enjoyable for me. I do love what I do but it surely must be value it in your future, in your profession, for your loved ones,“ she mentioned.
“For being a lady, I wish to be a mum, too. There’s a timeframe on that.
“My profession, sure I can come again after having youngsters however there’s different elements like I would like make sufficient cash to have the ability to take day off and have youngsters.”