PAIGE VANZANT claims UFC is ‘not paying enough’ for her to return as she prepares to officiate a bare-knuckle fight event.
But she only suffers from Paige’s slight wage rage as she still “loves” MMA.
The 27-year-old is set to return to bare-knuckle encounters at London’s Alexandra Palace in July – two years after her last UFC fight.
And she told MMAFighting.com: “I know in my heart that I will never fight for them (UFC) again just because they don’t pay enough.
“I see no benefit in returning to the UFC.
“Right now I’m fortunate that I’ve built myself in a specific place and I can take that and use it anywhere I go.”
VanZant’s UFC career never quite lived up to the hype and hopes.
She was banned from The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014 because she was too young.
And after opening with three wins, current Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas beat her.
Three defeats in the next five fights followed.
And in August 2020, a month after her last loss, she agreed to a return to bare-knuckle fighting.
But she insisted: “I love the UFC. I love the organization.
“There’s a reason they’re as successful as they are. There’s a reason they were able to reach this level.
“They have a well-oiled machine and they are very, very good at it.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4978163/paige-vanzant-ufc-never-return-bare-knuckle-fighting/ Paige VanZant reveals she will NEVER return to UFC as ‘they don’t pay enough’ ahead of bare knuckle fight in London