Paige VanZant solely determined to promote steamy photographs of herself on a subscription service as soon as she realised she might be financially liberated from the UFC.
The previous girls’s flyweight contender was launched from the combined martial arts promotion in 2020 after defeat to Amanda Ribas on Battle Island.
Throughout her time with the organisation, VanZant was open throughout interviews and revealed she made more cash by promoting on Instagram than she did from combating for the UFC.
The 27-year-old, who now fights underneath the Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship (BKFC) banner, has featured on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in America and graced the quilt of Sports activities Illustrated as a part of the favored swimsuit version – enhancing her recognition inside the mainstream as a intercourse image.
Such standing gravitated sponsors in direction of ’12 Gauge’, but she refused constantly to point out an excessive amount of pores and skin. After signing with BKFC, her bumper contract granted her far more freedom than earlier than.
She has misplaced as soon as and is again in motion once more on 23 July, towards former UFC foe Rachael Ostovich.
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 often.
“I had my entire profession constructed off the UFC,” VanZant defined to MMA Preventing,” at the beginning of July.
“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 plenty of veterans that had left the UFC that have been form of on that tail finish, searching for just a few 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 resolution 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, figuring out 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 probably 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 wish to put myself ready the place I might lose enterprise alternatives primarily based 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’d as effectively have the monetization behind it. I needed to do it alone phrases.
“So I truly joined Fan Time, it’s a separate firm. I’m not with OnlyFans. It’s my very own web site and I’ve plenty 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 exhausting for my physique. I work exhausting 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 turning into much more acceptable.
“Earlier than, the OnlyFans was seen extra for identical to porn stars. It was somewhat bit extra x-rated, simply the view from the general public.
“Not saying that’s truly what folks have on there, however I needed to do it my very own manner. I needed to do it professionally and have my very own web site and that’s what I’ve completed.”