Paige VanZant has a new household.
The former UFC flyweight and strawweight contender has signed an unique, multi-struggle deal with upstart bare knuckle promotion Bare Knuckle Combating Championship.
News of VanZant potentially signing with BKFC was initially reported by Mike Russell. Her offer with the promotion was afterwards confirmed by Ariel Helwani.
Listening to Paige VanZant is close to finalizing a offer with @bareknucklefc.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) July 29, 2020
Paige VanZant has signed a new multi-combat, distinctive agreement with Bare Knuckle Battling Championship, according to sources.
Extra on the deal soon.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 12, 2020
VanZant also verified that she’s inked a new deal on her official Instagram account.
“Contract Signed,” VanZant wrote. “About to adjust the game.”
VanZant last fought at UFC 251, when she came she missing to Amanda Ribas through initially-spherical submission. The bout marked the ultimate obligation on her latest UFC agreement.
In advance of the combat, VanZant designed no secret of the simple fact that she intended to test cost-free agency thereafter.
“There’s a whole lot of awesome organizations out there,” VanZant advised the South China Morning Submit in April. “If there was not, I would under no circumstances be screening no cost agency. I do truthfully have a actually fantastic connection with the UFC. I appreciate anything they’ve finished for me. The tricky matter is, other than my payment, I am pretty content with the UFC. So it is not heading to be as outrageous as a negotiation procedure as a whole lot of folks think. There’s a lot to speak about, but I assume it’s likely to be a pretty simple discussion.
“Change is quite difficult, but I’m on the lookout for the best opportunity for my future and I really do not know what that is,” VanZant included. “I consider it is heading to choose negotiations with the UFC and negotiations with other businesses to know who’s likely to give me a brighter upcoming. It may possibly appear down to other aspects outside the house just a dollar figure. It is actually about who’s going to propel me to the most effective of their ability.”
BKFC has been on a signing spree more than the previous yr or so, but Paige VanZant may be the most superior-profile fighter the group has signed to day. She joins a roster composed of notables like Artem Lobov, Jason Knight, Jim Alers, Isaac Vallie-Flagg, and Joey Beltran.
How do you think VanZant will do in the BKFC ring?