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Bare-knuckle bombshell VanZant shows off hand speed

Former UFC star Paige VanZant is stepping up preparations for her second bare-knuckle boxing outing, posting footage of herself cracking the pads with renowned trainer Pedro Diaz.

VanZant, 27, suffered a decision loss to Britain Hart in her debut with Bare Knuckle FC back in February, but remains determined to make her mark in the brutal combat sport.

The former UFC contender is just one of a host of camera-friendly female stars BKFC has snapped up, with recent additions including VanZant’s curvy former octagon rival Rachael Ostovich and chesty Invicta MMA favorite Pearl Gonzalez.

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ZanVant, however, remains the biggest draw in the women’s BKFC ranks, not least because of her mainstream fame through her stint on US TV show Dancing with the Stars and her army of 2.8 million followers on Instagram, where she regularly shares images of herself in various states of undress to promote her raunchy ‘PaigeFanZant’ website.

This week though, VanZant was keen to showcase her skills inside the ring as she sharpens up for her next bare-knuckle outing.

Being put through her paces with coach Diaz at the Mundo Boxing gym in Florida, VanZant was seen throwing shots with dumbbells in her hands as well as doing some intense padwork.

“.01% better everyday!” VanZant wrote as she shared the footage with fans.

Meanwhile, the BKFC Instagram account took the opportunity to tease an imminent announcement on the next opponent and date for ’12 Gauge’.

“Putting in that work! Fight news coming soon!” read the message from the promotion accompanying the footage of VanZant.

VanZant raised eyebrows when she revealed a multi-fight, multimillion-dollar deal with BFKC last summer after parting ways with the UFC following a run of four defeats in her last six fights with the world’s leading MMA promotion.

The last of those losses came in a first-round submission to Amanda Ribas in July 2020, after which VanZant’s contract with the UFC wasn’t renewed and she announced she was keen to test her worth elsewhere.

A former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, VanZant said she had made “way more money” from promoting brands on Instagram than she had during her six-year tenure with the UFC.

She was tipped for a potential move to Bellator MMA – home of husband Austin Vanderford – before the news that she had penned a deal with BKFC boss David Feldman as he continues his efforts to bring the brand into the mainstream of the combat sports world.

VanZant’s bare-knuckle induction in February was a tough one as she was outpointed by former pro boxer Hart, 31, at the KnuckleMania event in Miami – although the victor at least credited her opponent with “knocking my teeth out.”

BKFC boss Feldman suggested in March that VanZant could be set for a return in June or July, telling Business Insider: “We’re very happy with her performance, I think she has a future in the sport, and I look forward to having her back at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.”

In the wake of her defeat, VanZant had said: “I’m ready to rock. I need to get back in there again. I will say, overall experience, it will be one to remember.

“I did enjoy the moment, (but) I didn’t enjoy the outcome. I enjoyed the moment with Britain in that fight. It was awesome.”

A rematch with Hart was mooted after VanZant began to find her rhythm in the latter rounds of their contest, but the fighter herself insisted she would need to earn that right first.

“I do think we’ll cross paths again. I don’t think I deserve to fight her in an immediate rematch,” VanZant said.

“Yes, we had a close fight, but I don’t see it as close as a lot of the world sees it.”

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Ex-UFC beauty joins Russian star in Bare Knuckle FC move

Ex-UFC beauty Rachael Ostovich joins Russian star Ekaterina Makarova in Bare Knuckle FC move – setting up Paige VanZant rematch.

UFC fighters and social media sensations Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich could fight each other again in a bare knuckle match after Ostovich followed her old rival into the sport, joined by Russian brawler Ekaterina Makarova.

MMA pin-up Ostovich is set to fight for the first time since November, when she lost her third straight UFC scrap, after becoming the newest signing for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), which made VanZant its best-known star when she joined the promotion last year.

Ostovich joined BKFC shortly after it also signed Ekaterina Makarova, an undefeated Moscow fighter who previously appeared for Russian promotion Top Dog and is expected to make her debut in June.

The development means that beauty brand owner Ostovich could rematch VanZant, the former rival she lost to in January 2019, which turned out to be VanZant’s final win in the UFC.

That was also VanZant’s most recent MMA victory following her points defeat to ex-boxer Britain Hart on her BKFC debut in February, although the newcomer and the promotion appeared keen to continue their apparently productive early relationship despite her unsuccessful start.

Signing the trio of popular female fighters appears to be a marketing dream for BKFC and a way of appealing to new audiences, with VanZant having more than 2.8 million followers on Instagram, where Ostovich boasts more than 743,000 admirers.

Featherweight Makarova, 24, does not quite have the pair’s stratospheric profile at this stage but is clearly a rising star and has signed an “exclusive promotional deal”.

“We are keeping a close eye on a lot of talent developing in Russia and looking to bring the best to BKFC,” said Dave Feldman, the promotion president, announcing the move.

“Ekaterina is just that: one very tough lady who has tremendous ability and is as strong and skilled as they come. This marks our second signing from Russia in as many months as she joins Evgeniy Kurdanov who joined our team in March.”

When male light-heavyweight Kurdanov signed up, Feldman pointed to the “huge” appeal held by BKFC in Russia, which the promotion hopes to tap into.

Another experienced fighter to have joined BKFC in the past week is Pearl Gonzalez, the 34-year-old former UFC and Invicta FC strawweight.

“I made the biggest sacrifice of my life, packed up everything and moved to Brooklyn, New York permanently to train with the greatest female boxer in the world,” revealed Gonzalez to her vast Instagram following of almost 240,000, explaining that she was joining a training facility part-run by legendary female boxer Cindy Serrano.

“I promise to dedicate my life to becoming the next BKFC world champ and couldn’t be happier to start this new chapter in my life.”

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From bare knuckle to baring all: Fight queen VanZant showcases sizzling curves in promo video for OnlyFans-style website (PHOTOS)

Ex-UFC stunner and bare knuckle newcomer Paige VanZant has left little to the imagination in a brand new video she has posted to her 2.8 million Instagram fans showcasing the steamy subscriber-only content on her new fan site.

The 27-year-old, who was defeated on her Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) debut by Britain Hart last month, has eschewed the traditional route taken by many of her former female colleagues in the UFC who have launched OnlyFans pages in a bid to bolster their earnings.

Instead, the American has launched her own subscription-based website in which fans are treated to daily steamy snaps of the combat queen. 

The website, which costs $ 9.99 per month to sign up to, has led to a surge in interest in the fighter, whose Instagram page regularly features skimpy pictures of the former UFC star in various states of undress.

But if any of her fans are looking for something just a bit more revealing, it comes at a price.

And in case some of VanZant’s supporters weren’t exactly sure what they were signing up to, a video posted to her Instagram revealed all – well, most of it.

Thank you all so much for you support on my fan site,” wrote VanZant alongside the clip.

I am having so much fun chatting with you all and sharing sexy content with my sexy fans. I won’t go into detail with what all goes on – but if you’re curious, click that link in my bio and find out for yourself.”

The brief video shows the sultry star in heels and a skimpy gold dress before she poses by a pool and in a revealing pink bikini. It also shows VanZant dancing, shadow-boxing and wearing a crown.

VanZant is one of several examples of fighters who have succeeded in turning ring fame into a successful modeling career.

She has previously appeared in the pages of the famous Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition – and has said that she makes more income posting snaps to social media than she made during her six-year tenure with the UFC.

She later described her Sports Illustrated cameo as “the pinnacle of my modeling career thus far.”

VanZant’s extracurricular income comes as the fight league she represents, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, announced plans to become the first major combat sports promotion to launch a pension plan for their fighters.

Our fighters are the most important asset of the company,” said BKFC chief David Feldman. “We want to ensure that they are compensated not only on the night of the fight but also looked after in retirement. For each BKFC fight, money will be placed in a pension account for them to draw on upon retirement.

BKFC is the hottest, fastest growing and most exciting sport in the world and we want to ensure that our fighters are taken care of in every possible way.”

VanZant’s burgeoning modeling empire, though, suggests that she most likely won’t have to lean too heavily on the bare knuckle pension fund so long as her legions of fans are content in sending her 10 bucks every month. 
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‘A birthday gift’: Ex-UFC ace Paige VanZant asks fans to pay for pics as she turns 27 by watching MMA lover have his face stitched

UFC fighter-turned-bare-knuckle-brawler Paige VanZant has had an unusual 27th birthday – watching her fighter husband have surgery on his face after inviting fans to pay for new photos and a video on her fansite and buy her gifts.

The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) newcomer had a relatively demure start to her special day, directing admirers to her fansite after providing a preview snap from a typically skin-baring photo session in lingerie the previous day.

Instagram sensation VanZant described the shoot as a “birthday gift from me to you” and promoted the site, which charges $ 9.99 to see her exclusive content, while telling her following of more than 2.8 million that they could peruse a wishlist if they wanted to send her presents.

She later promised that she wold be “sending my wildest video yet” to subscribers and thanked those who had bought her “amazing” gifts, gushing: “I feel so loved.”

Fans used to the UFC departee’s usual glossy insights into her life may have been a little surprised by her distinctly unglamorous footage from a medical center, where she wore socks and sandals as she watched her husband – Bellator MMA star Austin Vanderford, who often appears in salacious shoots with her on Instagram – have stitches added to a cut on his face by an expert.

“He just got cut open during jiu-jitsu – nothing crazy,” she explained, standing over the half-naked Vanderford while he lay on a trolley receiving attention, adding that she was a “medical freak”.

The extrovert couple used the occasion to conduct a 15-minute question-and-answer session on Vanderford’s page, although the audience spent much of the opportunity inundating VanZant with birthday wishes.

VanZant indicated that she would be happy to remove the stitches from Vanderford’s face, admitting that she had recent experience of doing so after removing her own stitches from her last fight, when she lost by decision against Britain Hart in a bruising BKFC debut.

After Vanderford said that the pair would be having sushi to celebrate VanZant’s birthday, the hugely popular pin-up revealed that she is currently dedicating her training to boxing and showed off a large scar on her arm.

UFC fighter Mike Perry’s girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, was among VanZant’s high-profile friends to send her birthday greetings.
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Bare Knuckle FC newcomer Paige VanZant squirts cream on herself while bigging up bow-out of fellow brawler and ex-UFC star Garcia

Ex-UFC star Paige VanZant has teased her legion of followers on Instagram with a racy story involving her squirting cream on herself, telling her fans that she was looking forward to a bare-knuckle card featuring Leonard Garcia.

The former UFC starlet-turned-Bare Knuckle scrapper sent followers on Instagram wild before playing her part in advertising the latest event by her new promotion, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

After pushing the BKFC 16 card, she then shared a post from BKFC with a line that several of its stars had used during the day, echoing: “Bloody Good Main Event”.

The headline fight saw Leonard Garcia, who is also formerly of the UFC, go all the way in what many suspect was his final fight with a majority decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) over Joe Elmore.

“I hope Leonard Garcia has a happy retirement,” wrote one fan, watching the questionably respectful end to his fight.

“Hell of a career, but if anyone walked off midway through my ‘both us us kneel down and respect thing’, I’m dropkicking them in the back of the knees when I get up.”

At 41, Garcia said he was yet to make his mind up after a fight in which Elmore fought gamely on despite suffering a bad-looking first-round cut that left him bleeding profusely from his head.

“I’ve still got a lot left in the tank,” said the veteran. “I’m still a legend, I still did everything I said I was going to do.

“Fighting a guy like Joe was something else. I learned a lot about myself and I learned a lot about Joe.

“I’ve got all the respect in the world for him and I don’t take anything away from him.

“I’ve got an important decision to make and it’s a hard one. My deal with God was to be the number one guy when I left.

“That’s why I took the fight with Joe Elmore. I wanted to prove to the world I was the number one fighter at 165 when I retired.”

VanZant lost to Britain Hart by decision on her debut with the promotion last month, but has vowed to continue her fighting career and spoken of her devotion to MMA.
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