Paige VanZant insists she solely determined to promote steamy pictures of herself on a subscription service as soon as she realised she might be financially liberated from the UFC.
The previous ladies’s flyweight contender was launched from the organisation final summer time after defeat to Amanda Ribas on Battle Island.
VanZant was open throughout interviews and revealed she made extra money by way of promoting on Instagram than she did from preventing for the UFC.
The 27-year-old had beforehand featured on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in America and was additionally on the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated as a part of the favored swimsuit version – enhancing her reputation throughout the mainstream as a intercourse image.
Such standing gravitated sponsors in the direction of ’12 Gauge’, but she refused repeatedly to indicate an excessive amount of pores and skin. After signing with Naked Knuckle Combating Championship (BKFC), her bumper contract granted her far more freedom than earlier than.
And she or he has since launched her personal fan subscription web site, the place the naked knuckle boxer guarantees to learn and reply to messages in addition to posting recurrently.
“I had my entire profession constructed off the UFC,” VanZant defined to MMA Combating.
“I used to be within the UFC for, like, six years. It was very nerve-wracking. There weren’t lots of people who left the UFC within the prime of their profession.
“There have been a whole lot of veterans that had left the UFC that had been sort of on that tail finish, in search of a number of extra fights.
“For me, I used to be a free agent at 26 years previous. I used to be actually younger. It was nerve-wracking to know you’re leaving the powerhouse of fight sports activities. However now I do know it was the very best determination I’ve ever made.
“Since I’ve left, I’ve seen a number of fighters go away the UFC – and it’s not a diss on the UFC essentially, however I feel it’s extra an awakening in fighters, realizing there’s cash on the market and we’re going to be compensated for what we’re doing.”
VanZant claims to have fended off calls to launch an unique content material subscription web site for concern it might doubtlessly hurt future model partnerships she may pursue.
But she modified her tune as soon as she was made conscious of the monetary advantages.
“There was at all times this forwards and backwards,” she added. “There are two sides of it.
“I didn’t need to put myself able the place I’d lose enterprise alternatives based mostly on having an unique content material web site, however I really feel like I’m already seen as a intercourse image within the sports activities world.
“I would as effectively have the monetization behind it. I wished to do it by myself phrases.
“So I really joined Fan Time, it’s a separate firm. I’m not with OnlyFans. It’s my very own web site and I’ve a whole lot of management over what goes on there. It’s principally me doing unique issues. I’m proud to say I’m a part of it.
“I work arduous for my physique. I work arduous for who I’m, and there’s a aspect of me that’s extraordinarily girly and female, and I get to share that on my fan web site. Now I feel it’s changing into much more acceptable.
“Earlier than, the OnlyFans was seen extra for similar to porn stars. It was a bit bit extra x-rated, simply the view from the general public.
“Not saying that’s really what folks have on there, however I wished to do it my very own method. I wished to do it professionally and have my very own web site and that’s what I’ve carried out.”