Paige VanZant Says Leaving the UFC Was the Best Decision She’s Ever Made

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SJ - July 1, 2021

Paige VanZant and her husband, Bellator fighter Austin Vanderford, sat down for an interview with MMA Fighting.  She talked about leaving the UFC for the BKFC and her decision to create an exclusive content website.

Both decisions led to huge paydays for VanZant.  As a result she says leaving the UFC after six years was the best decision she's ever made.  It's hard to argue with that.

Paige shares openly how good of a decision that was monetarily.

From MMA Fighting:

“I’m sharing what I’m comfortable with,” VanZant said. “I’m sharing as much as I want to. It’s my website. It’s my experience. It is for the fans. I’ve had so many people ask me to do something like this, the exclusive content site and it’s a place where I can communicate one-on-one with absolutely every single one of my subscribers, and I can’t do that on Instagram. I have nearly 3 million followers on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook and all these other things.

“With the fan site, it is a smaller group but I’m able to have that one-on-one, real engaging experience with people and that’s what I really like. I’m getting to know people one on one and chat with people and also have some fun and be really cute and sexy, too.”

When it comes to the finances from her fan site, VanZant can’t deny that the benefits have been great so far, especially compared to her lifetime earnings from fighting.

“I will say when I signed with BKFC, the bare-knuckle boxing, I was making more money than I had made in my entire UFC career,” VanZant said. “Now I’m making more money than my entire BKFC contract in like a month. It’s pretty crazy.”

All eyes are on Paige, but Austin is the much better fighter who is setting himself up for a title shot.  It just goes to show what we all already know, sex sells!

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