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Paige VanZant earns millions months after UFC walk out over low wages

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Paige VanZant is now earning millions with her new deal at a rival organisation to UFC – months after moaning about low wages and walking out on Dana White.

The American stepped away from the mixed martial arts organisation after losing her most recent to Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 last month.

It saw fans try to convince the fighter – who boasts 2.7m followers on Instagram – to make a move into social media subscription site OnlyFans.

But the UFC reject has already started looking at other options, with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) a hot prospect.

Paige VanZant is set to make millions in her new fighting contract – months after moaning at UFC over low wages

And VanZant has now signed a “multi-million dollar” deal with the organisation that allows her to explore opportunities in MMA and boxing.

“It was more than just what I feel like they were offering me financially,” VanZant told MMA Fighting.

“It was the opportunity I was excited about.

“I feel like for a long time I wanted a promotion to know yes, I’m a fighter first and foremost and my end goal is to be successful in fighting but at the same time there’s so many other things that I am talented at and have a lot more to bring to the table.

The American walked away from the organisation after losing her most recent fight, saying she was 'set up'
The American walked away from the organisation after losing her most recent fight, saying she was ‘set up’
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“They’re letting me come out and commentate. They’re letting me be a part of the organisation, more than just an athlete for them.

“That’s something for so long that I’ve been complimented on — that I am talented inside the cage and when the cage door closes I’m there to fight but I can offer so much more to the table through past experiences.”

Fans urged the fighter, who has 2.7m Instagram followers, to take us OnlyFans – but the VanZant has signed a 'multi-million dollar' deal with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
Fans urged the fighter, who has 2.7m Instagram followers, to take us OnlyFans – but the VanZant has signed a ‘multi-million dollar’ deal with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

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It comes a month after VanZant laid into UFC for “setting her up”, slamming chief White for putting her up against the “very toughest opponent” at UFC 251.

Speaking after her loss to Ribas, the American said: “This is the exact fight the UFC wanted. They kind of do this to people when they’re on the last fight on their contract.

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“They give them, like, the perfect style match-up. I went against somebody, she’s 10-1, I’ve almost had lay-offs, calculating like three years I’ve only been able to fight once cause I keep getting injured.

“Obviously, it was the very toughest opponent they could give me for my one returning fight I had left.

“I didn’t play into what the UFC wanted. Of course, I still had confidence going into it. Amanda was so talented. I’m so excited to see where her career goes.”

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