Paige VanZant Ready To Bet On Herself With UFC Contract Expiring
By Mike Parrott
UFC fighter Paige VanZant says she is ready to bet on herself with only one fight remaining on her current contract with the company. The flyweight hasn't fought since UFC Fight Night 143.
With only two fights to her name in nearly four years, persistent injuries to her arm - which she broke against Jessica-Rose Clark in 2018 - have put the 26-year-old in fighting purgatory.
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It hasn't helped that VanZant feels like she's largely been underpaid in the UFC, although she takes ownership for signing her last contract. Unfortunately as time has passed, VanZant began to realise how little she was actually making, especially in comparison to other professional athletes.
"I've added up all the money I've made in the UFC over six years, and I could have just had a regular job with the same pay," VanZant told MMAFighting.com.
"I'm so thankful for everything the UFC has done for me, the platform they've given me. This is nothing against the UFC. But the contract I signed is what I signed and I know I need to honour it. That's why I'm fighting this last fight out and I was never trying to break it early."
Ready to put in the work :muscle::fire::point_down:#MondayMotivation
"Being lucky takes hard work"- @serenawilliams
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"It's important to fight this fight out, honour my contract and then say listen: this is my value and this is what I need to be paid to make it worth it."
VanZant has been known more for her career outside the Octagon over the past couple years, finding success in modelling as well as appearing on the US TV show, Dancing with the Stars.
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