Personal inner thoughts aside, UFC President Dana White does not look fascinated in trying to keep Paige VanZant around.
Following the flyweight star was speedily submitted at UFC 251, White in comparison her to heavyweight Curtis Blaydes for not matching her fiscal needs with a excellent efficiency.
“I like Paige,” White advised reporters just after UFC 251. “It’s like Blaydes, when Blaydes fought final. When you discuss all that stuff, ‘I’m not remaining compensated plenty of,’ and combating inconsistently, just one time in the very last calendar year, injuries, and then acquired smoked in the initially round of the fight, she must surely check free of charge company.”
VanZant was submitted in the to start with round by Amanda Ribas in the opening spend-per-watch bout of Saturday’s struggle card at Yas Island. It was her initially battle in 18 months soon after re-injuring her arm in schooling, which forced her to postpone two distinctive bookings, one against Ribas.
The UFC rescheduled the combat for the promotion’s Combat Island debut. VanZant was a +600 underdog in opposition to Ribas, who’s won four straight in the octagon. Her return came soon after she reported she would shop for a greater deal after completing her recent agreement with the UFC.
Recently, VanZant vented about her fork out in an job interview with MMA Fighting, expressing she essential far more money to justify the sacrifices manufactured and accidents she’s battled in excess of the past various years. She earlier claimed she made far more funds as an influencer on social media than as a pro fighter.
A broken arm surgically fixed with a metallic rod and screws was the supply of VanZant’s woes, with her limb re-breaking on several situations. She mentioned the UFC’s insurance plan protection ran out one particular year following the 2018 harm, necessitating a direct expense.
In the combat towards Ribas, VanZant tapped right after her oft-hurt arm was caught in an armbar. She later on issued a statement congratulating the Brazilian standout and welcoming the up coming phase in her job.
A crossover star, VanZant won rave assessments for her change on “Dancing with the Stars,” earning a next-put end on the common show’s 22nd season. She also appeared on the cooking exhibit “Chopped” and introduced a memoir.
In the octagon, VanZant’s octagon history stands at 5-4. She has been a typical fixture on major playing cards at UFC occasions.
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