Former UFC star Paige VanZant will headline her first pay-per-view event when she makes her Bare Knuckle FC debut on February 5.
’12 Gauge’ is set to face boxing and BKFC veteran Britain Hart at ‘KnuckleMania’ on Super Bowl weekend at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida.
The 26-year-old confirmed the fight to her 2.7million Instagram followers and wrote: “February 5th. There will be blood. @bareknucklefc link in bio.”
“Paige isn’t going to have to chase her down.
“It’s going to be competitive, but I think it’s going to be a good opponent choice for Paige on her first event.
“[Paige is] getting paid very well, and I don’t think we could have thrown her somebody that never fought bare-knuckle before, or at least someone that had a pretty well-established record.
“I don’t think the fans would have liked that. We’re going to give the fans what they want.”
VanZant was released by the UFC after losing to Amanda Ribas on Fight Island in July, leaving her with an MMA record of 8-5.
“With endorsements, I make way more money sitting at home posting pictures on Instagram than I do fighting,” she said.
“If I were to stop everything I do outside of fighting and just fight, I would be at a loss financially by a long shot.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and with her UFC contract coming to an end, the former strawweight and her husband (Bellator welterweight Austin Vanderdord) began posting naked pictures of themselves online.
Despite his wife complaining about getting paid more for work outside of the ring than inside, Vanderford insisted the pictures were meant as light-hearted fun.
“It just comes down to her and I, we post what we want to post and really not caring too much or giving too much care to anyone else,” Vanderford told MMA Junkie Radio.
“We had fun especially in quarantine doing the nude photos and stuff.
“It was just fun for us to do and something that we wanted to do, so we went with it. It wasn’t due to any request.
“We just came up one day, and honestly, I think I was running around the house naked, I was out doing pull-ups or something, and the idea kind of sparked, and we did it.”