Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Says Paige VanZant Won’t Get An Immediate Title Shot If She Signs With Bellator

Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant became a free agent after a first round submission loss to Amanda Ribas at UFC 251.

Bellator MMA Women’s Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane would like to see PVZ in Bellator MMA, but says she won’t get an immediate title shot upon signing with the promotion.

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“I think that she would bring really good publicity to our division,” Macfarlane told MMA Junkie Radio. “And you know, would I necessarily say that she should get a title shot right off the bat? Of course not. I don’t think so at all. But, like for future matches, yeah, I would totally welcome that.”

PVZ went 5-4-0 during her five-plus year run in the UFC, but never came close to getting a title shot in the promotion.

Macfarlane thinks that PVZ may wind up competing in bare knuckle boxing instead of returning to professional MMA.

“I think that she’s a smart girl, and she’s gonna go where, I think she’s going to bare-knuckle boxing,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that, but, yeah, I think that she should go where she’s going to be treated well and paid well.” 

VanZant’s husband in Austin Vanderford is a member of the Belllator MMA roster, but that doesn’t guarantee that PVZ signs with Bellator MMA.

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