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Paige VanZant confirms her next career move after recent UFC retirement

Former UFC star Paige VanZant has confirmed she has signed a new four-fight, exclusive contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

VanZant was beaten in her last UFC fight by Amanda Ribas on Fight Island last month with Dana White suggesting she should ‘try free agency’.

And now the social media hit, who often posts sizzling selfies on Instagram, has found her new home.

ESPN report that VanZant will fight in the BKFC with her current plan to fight in November.

“It was an amazing contract, an amazing opportunity,” VanZant told ESPN. “I also feel like it’s not a move backwards for me.

The American lost her last fight in the Octagon at UFC 251

“It’s a lateral move to a new opportunity, a new challenge, a brand new sport. I really have sparked a brand new passion for it and especially for striking in general.

“And, on top of that, I feel like I still have this stigma in MMA that I’m just a pretty face, and what a way to prove to people that’s not the way I see myself at all.

VanZant regularly shares sexy snaps on Instagram
VanZant regularly shares sexy snaps on Instagram

“This is a sport where people probably have the highest rate of getting cut open and having long-term scars is definitely something that I’m not even worried about for me.

“It’s just the love of competition and I’m really excited to go out there and show off in such an amazing sport.”

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VanZant opened up on her other offers, revealing that Bellator were interested in securing her services.

Paige VanZant was beaten by Amanda Ribas on her return to the Octagon
Paige VanZant was beaten by Amanda Ribas on her return to the Octagon

Paige VanZant recently set pulses racing with this pic on Instagram
Paige VanZant recently set pulses racing with this pic on Instagram

Though she believes the BKFC is the right fit, despite not ruling out a return to MMA.

She added: “I don’t know that I am done with MMA. I know momentarily I am. I still have a huge passion for MMA, and I just recently relocated to Florida to train with American Top Team.

“Obviously they are one of the best MMA gyms in the world. Right now, my sole focus is boxing, but in a few years I could go back to MMA or I could just be making so much doing this bare knuckle boxing that I don’t do anything else.

Paige VanZant previously revealed she made more money outside the Octagon than she did inside it
Paige VanZant previously revealed she made more money outside the Octagon than she did inside it

She will be back in fighting mode in the BKFC
She will be back in fighting mode in the BKFC

“I talked to a lot of different promotions. I actually had no idea that I would have so many come with such big offers.

“I knew I would get the big players in the game, like Bellator or ONE, but I actually had five or six huge, solid promotions that I had to decide on.

“For me, at this moment in my career, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship was the one that fit best.”

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