Paige VanZant has admitted that she would love to fight at Bellator as she looks to bounce back from her second loss at BKFC.
The 27-year-old suffered her second straight loss to Rachael Ostovich last time by unanimous decision.
And the loss came as a shock to VanZant, who felt she had made adequate changes since her first loss to Britain Hart.
But now she has admitted that she might consider a future in MMA, with her BKFC contract set to expire after her next outing.
“It’s always in my head. I would like us to fight for the same organization,” VanZant told the Punch Podcast. “I would love to fight for Bellator, they healed him [Austin Vanderford] really good, especially now that he’s made his way to a title.
âI feel like it was good that we weren’t in the same organization because they couldn’t build him like a star on his own. He would always be a bit in my shadow and I had the feeling that now I’m not with Bellator, he was able to build a tile shot on his own. “
VanZant beat his previous opponent Ostovich in the UFC during his stellar MMA career in January 2019.
But she has had less success in her new career and is 0-2 at BKFC since leaving the UFC and moving to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in 2020.
Although despite her poor record, she has already admitted that leaving the UFC was the best decision she’s made in her career.
âI haven’t looked back honestly,â VanZant told MMA Junkie. “I think you take those moments to look back when you think there could be something better about the past, but since I left, my future here, everything just got better and better with each passing day. second.
“I’m so excited to be with BKFC – I love boxing, I love my new gym, I love everyone I train with, there is nothing in the past that I miss .
âI’ve always wondered, ‘Would I miss the UFC?’ and I don’t miss it at all, I don’t miss it at all, I love being here, I love boxing and my life has changed in every best possible way.
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VanZant was released from the UFC in 2020, having come with a pedigree in the cage in addition to a popular reputation outside of fights.
And despite refusing to shake hands with her opponent after her loss, VanZant remained defiant and confessed that she would stay positive despite another loss.
“Guess what **** are ??? !! I’m still smiling !!!” VanZant said in an Instagram post following the result, in which she showed off some of her battle scars, including very swollen hands.
âMy story is full of setbacks, roadblocks and detours. But, it’s also filled with major comebacks, peace in my soul, and a grace that saved my life.
âI promise you this, I will endure this pain every day of my life on the pain of regret. I will continue to pursue my dream one step at a time.
“99.9% of the people on earth wouldn’t dare to do what I do. This story will be even better than the first one. And if you haven’t read my book before, click the link in my bio.
“It’s a real pain. It’s just a bad chapter. And for all who struggle. The pain is only for a moment.”