Paige VanZant will make her BKFC debut in November towards an opponent to be determined.
VanZant’s new contract with the bare-knuckle promotion is a four-combat offer which is value in excess of $1 million with incentives, BKFC President David Feldman confirmed after an original report from ESPN.
“It tells persons we’re serious,” Feldman told MMA Fighting about the offer. “We’re not out there throwing income around stupidly and making terrible choices. We commit revenue on items we believe can assistance the corporation increase, and Paige VanZant, with 4 million followers on her social media accounts, can assistance us develop.”
Feldman is no stranger to offering major income for tested commodities. Before this yr, he floated a offer in excessive of $20 million to encourage Mike Tyson to go bare-knuckle. Tyson at some point signed with social media system Triller for an exhibition bout towards Roy Jones Jr., which is predicted to take area in November.
VanZant introduced the valuable deal Wednesday on her official Instagram account soon after putting up a image of her signing a contract. At 2.7 million followers, her Instagram webpage is her most important social media presence and puts her effectively into influencer status. She’s previously reported she would make more money for social media posts than fighting. That’s probable transforming now.
VanZant invited Feldman on to a stay chat Wednesday to celebrate the news.
“I realized wherever my heart was alongside this total journey,” she instructed the promoter. “Of program, you had to deal with my administrators, which I’m sure was genuinely entertaining, but my heart was in it.”
Feldman expects VanZant to compete at 125 lbs, the place she competed most a short while ago in the UFC, and additional he’s lately signed two dozen feminine fighters – numerous of whom also compete at 125 pounds – that could deliver opposition in the in the vicinity of long run. He teased a marquee signing of a previous women’s featherweight boxing champ, but declined to reveal any names.
VanZant’s UFC vocation finished on a sour notice following a to start with-spherical submission loss to Amanda Ribas at UFC 251, which marked her return to the octagon soon after an extended layoff due to a persistent arm personal injury which is expected several surgeries. She manufactured public her wish for a increase and targeted a quick comeback soon after her release from UFC agreement UFC President Dana White dissed her demands right after her decline to Ribas and stated she need to go after cost-free agency.
In the BKFC ring, Feldman plans to make VanZant with matchups that a lot more favorably showcase her techniques.
“I assume she was not established up in lousy positions, but not established up in the excellent ailments in the previous, and we’re going to set her up for achievement,” he stated. “I just can’t throw Paige into the lion’s den the to start with combat. We have to do something which is likely to get her at ease with this, and then the competitors is heading to get stiffer. But at the beginning, I assume it’s a wonderful way to make her.
“She can combat. She definitely has superior arms. She has superior knockouts less than her belt. At the stop of this deal, we’ve with any luck , constructed her up as a superstar and we can increase with her.”