Paige VanZant, testing the waters of free agency after finishing her UFC contract, has now found her next home. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
Many believed that the 26 year-old, PVZ, would be signed to Bellator, home promotion to her husband, Austin Vanderford, after President Scott Coker expressed much interest in adding her to their roster. However, this fell through after Coker told MMA Fighting that she had declined their offer.
“12 Gauge” seems to be happy trading 4-oz gloves for red and blue hand wrap as her contract permits to be consisting of 4 fights and 1 million dollars in incentives.
David Feldman, President of BKFC, is no stranger to big money talks as he is known for recently offering boxing legend, Mike Tyson, 20 million dollars for a gloveless debut in his promotion. To quote ‘The Godfather’, Feldman made an offer to PVZ that she could not refuse.
“It tells people we’re serious,” Feldman said. “We’re not out there throwing money around stupidly and making bad decisions. We spend money on things we think can help the company grow, and Paige VanZant, with 4 million followers on her social media accounts, can help us grow.”
Paige VanZant took to her biggest platform in an Instagram Live session with the promoter to announce her big signing.
“I knew where my heart was along this whole journey,” VanZant said “Of course, you had to deal with my managers, which I’m sure was really fun, but my heart was in it.”
The star’s heart will be put to test in a probable Bare Knuckle debut this fall as she itching to get a fight.
“In my mind, I’m going to go ahead and delete that last fight and start over,” she said. “I don’t know how long this negotiation stuff goes. I’m hoping quick, cause I definitely don’t have any injuries. I don’t even know if I got hit, so I’m ready to fight again.”
While her opponent is unknown for the time being, MMA Island’s Chris De Santiago speculates a rematch between BKFC champ Bec Rawling and her former foe, Paige VanZant, to be made sometime in the duration of her contact.