Paige VanZant
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UFC flyweight contender Paige VanZant is formally a free agent, and can start discussing the subsequent section of her profession with the UFC and another promotions.

VanZant fulfilled the ultimate obligation of her newest UFC contract at UFC 251, the place she took on the streaking Amanda Ribas. Sadly for the fan favourite and her legions of supporters, this combat didn’t go as she deliberate, as she was submitted within the first spherical.

In an interview with Damon Martin of MMA Combating, VanZant acknowledged that the UFC gave her a really robust matchup for the ultimate combat of her contract.

“That is the precise combat the UFC needed,” VanZant stated. “They type of do that to individuals once they’re on the final combat on their contract. They provide them, like, the proper fashion matchup. I went in opposition to any person, she’s 10-1, I’ve virtually had layoffs, calculating like three years I’ve solely been in a position to combat as soon as trigger I hold getting injured.

“Clearly, it was the very hardest opponent they might give me for my one returning combat I had left. I didn’t play into what the UFC needed. In fact, I nonetheless had confidence going into it. Amanda was so gifted. I’m so excited to see the place her profession goes.”

After UFC 251 concluded, White steered that VanZant ought to “undoubtedly” take a look at free company, seemingly put-off by the flyweight’s gripes relating to her pay.

VanZant says White’s feedback are “unlucky,” and opposite to the connection she thought that they had.

“Truthfully, I didn’t truly see particularly the quote or what he stated. I strive not to concentrate an excessive amount of,” VanZant stated. “It’s unlucky as a result of I really feel like I’ve a extremely good relationship with Dana.

“I really feel like I believed we had been nearer pals and he may textual content me or name me,” VanZant continued. “One thing to have a bit little bit of compassion, one thing to speak with me personally however possibly he’ll. We simply don’t know. I’m certain it’s an uncomfortable state of affairs.

“Dana’s feedback, what I’m listening to you say, he desires me to check free company then hopefully they simply let me go then,” she added. “If that’s how they really feel, then they’ll simply let me be free.”

Whereas it’s definitely potential VanZant will ink a brand new cope with the UFC—she stays an enormous star and a legitimately gifted fighter—it’s additionally potential she is going to signal with one other promotion like Bellator or ONE Championship. Her precedence, she informed MMA Combating, is discovering a promotion that may work together with her as she chases her targets.

“Truthfully for me and that’s one thing I need to go into negotiations, whoever it’s with, I need to know that they need me to be a part of their household,” VanZant stated. “I need to work for them.

“I need to open a relationship the place I can work — whether or not that’s working the desk or reporting or doing behind-the-scenes work. I’ve a ardour for digital camera and TV work as properly. So I’d love if I may extra than simply combat for a promotion. I in the end need to be a part of the household.”

The place do you assume Paige VanZant will find yourself?