Paige VanZant
Picture: Paige VanZant on Instagram

Paige VanZant, now a free agent after a prolonged stint with the UFC, is reportedly in preliminary talks with naked knuckle combating promotion BKFC.

Information of the discussions between VanZant and BKFC had been first reported by Mike Russell on Twitter.

“Listening to Paige VanZant is near finalizing a take care of @bareknucklefc.”

Eric Kowal of, who additionally works for BKFC, subsequently clarified that, though preliminary talks are underway, a deal is a good distance off.

“There are talks, nothing shut but,” Kowal wrote, clarifying on the talks between VanZant and BKFC.

“I can verify there are talks,” he added, replying to Russell. “I work for the corporate. Simply requested [BKFC President] David [Feldman] about your Tweet trigger he requested me 2 weeks in the past for ideas on presumably signing her. At this time he stated there are talks however nothing shut. Such as you stated ‘we’ll see’ however that is newest.”

Paige VanZant fulfilled the ultimate obligation of her newest UFC contract at UFC 251, when she was submitted by Amanda Ribas. Forward of the battle, she made no secret of her intention to check free company.

“There’s a whole lot of superb organizations on the market,” VanZant advised the South China Morning Publish in April. “If there wasn’t, I might by no means be testing free company. I do truthfully have a extremely good relationship with the UFC. I admire every little thing they’ve completed for me. The onerous factor is, apart from my compensation, I’m very pleased with the UFC. So it’s not going to be as loopy as a negotiation course of as lots of people suppose. There’s lots to speak about, however I believe it’s going to be a reasonably straightforward dialog.

“Change could be very onerous, however I’m in search of one of the best alternative for my future and I don’t know what that’s,” VanZant added. “I believe it’s going to take negotiations with the UFC and negotiations with different organizations to know who’s going to supply me a brighter future. It’d come right down to different elements exterior only a greenback determine. It’s actually about who’s going to propel me to one of the best of their capability.”

The place do you suppose Paige VanZant ought to spend the following section of her profession?