Paige VanZant’s bare-knuckle career ‘DEFINIETLY’ over if ex-UFC star loses fight return against Charisa Sigala in London
PAIGE VANZANT’s bare-knuckle boxing career will be “OVER” if she loses her upcoming clash with Charisa Sigala.
The former UFC fly and strawweight has gone 0-2 since inking a lucrative deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships in August 2020.
Consecutive losses to Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich have put VanZant’s back up against the wall ahead of her BKFC London clash with Sigala on Saturday week – which promoter Dave Feldman admits is a must-win for the 28-year-old.
He told GiveMeSport: “If Paige loses, her bare-knuckle career is definitely at an end.
“I mean, she did an interview and said there was no pressure on this fight.
“So, you know, if she feels there’s no pressure, then maybe, you know, maybe she’s very confident.
“But, you know, I can’t keep saying after every fight, we’ll see how she does.
“And that’s why if she doesn’t do well in this fight.
“If she doesn’t come out victorious, or at least look very, very good, then she’s probably at the end of her bare-knuckle career.”
VanZant’s pain of consecutive defeats in the BKFC ring has been softened by her astronomical purses.
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The American Top Team standout has banked a whopping £670,000 for her last two outings – which dwarf her total octagon earnings.
Ahead of her debut last year, PVZ said: “I’m here for a reason.
“I was in the UFC for six years getting paid $40,000 (to show) and $40,000 (to win), and now I’m getting 10 times that doing what I love.
“So obviously, I’m not going anywhere. I’m very happy fighting here and I’m excited to fight.”
Sigala – who has also competed in mixed martial arts – is relishing the opportunity to send VanZant out the BKFC exit door.
She said: “This event is going to be a big part of BKFC history, and I’m really excited to be a part of it.
“Fighting at Knuckle Mania in 2021 made me a part of that historic event.
“I didn’t fully recognize the significance of that in my debut, but I’m very aware of it heading into London.
“This is another huge opportunity to be a part of BKFC history.”
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