Even though PVZ is one of the more recognizable competitors in MMA, one thing the fighter claims is that she makes more money through social media than through fighting.
“I make way more money sitting at home, posting pictures on Instagram, than I do fighting. With endorsement deals and everything I pull in from social media, I would actually be at a loss just taking a fight and focusing on that,” VanZant said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Tim Burke of Bloody Elbow).
Outside of social media and MMA competition, other things that VanZant has done is write a book and compete on Dancing With The Stars.
VanZant is on the last fight of her current UFC deal and the fighter would like a significant pay raise to stay with the promotion.
“When I did my contract negotiation the last time, the talk was, ‘I can’t pay you more than a female champion.’ Okay, but why are comparing me to just women? All of us should be getting paid more in general. I want a significant pay raise, to be completely honest. I’ve just been extremely accomplished outside of the UFC, as well as inside of the UFC. Five wins in the UFC, four finishes, I’ve been main event twice, and I think someone with those accolades should be paid more,” says VanZant.
PVZ is still recovering a series of arm surgeries, which have kept her out of action since the aforementioned UFC Fight Night Brooklyn card.