Paige VanZant To Fight Out UFC Contract

Paige VanZant hasn’t been seen in action since a second round submission win over Rachael Ostovich at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn

The fighter has one fight left on her current UFC deal and PVZ plans on fighting out of that contract. 

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“It’s the last fight on my current UFC contract so I’ll be fighting it out,” VanZant told The Score (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “I think I’m just curious to see what I can do. I feel like I want to prove to the UFC what I’m worth, and I think it’s going to take one more fight for me to do that, especially because fight fans are so – you’re easily forgotten in the fight world. They watch a fight happen and they’re already focused on the one that’s happening next week, so I want it to be fresh in their minds going into a contract negotiation, not fresh off of a broken arm.”

PVZ currently holds a 5-3-0 record under the UFC banner and is unranked in the UFC Women’s Flyweight Division. 

VanZant has competed at both strawweight and flyweight in her professional MMA career, which is why VanZant feels like a contender in both weight classes. 

“I don’t know; honestly, it’s something that I know I can go back and forth,” VanZant said. “It’s always like, ‘All right I’m going to go make a run at 115,’ I have it set in my mind, then I see someone do an awful weight cut and have something traumatic happen to them. Like, I had my mind set on going down to 115, then I walked into my gym and one of my teammates was, like, going into a heatstroke and we had to call the ambulance. He couldn’t move, so I think of all those things and the effects it’s having on my body, and I’ve been watching a lot of the fights lately, and I know I’m a player in both divisions.”

It is unknown yet as to when PVZ will return to action, as she has been out of action after having a third arm surgery earlier this year.

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