On this day three years ago, Paige VanZant publicly asked the UFC for a raise and received a passive response.
Paige VanZant is unquestionably one of the most recognized figures in MMA. This is largely due to the fact that she is one of the best self-promoters in the history of the sport, perhaps best displayed on her very active and provocative Instagram page.
After VanZant made the comments found in the following article, she would only compete in the UFC once more, which was a submission loss to Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 in 2020. VanZant has since found a home at BKFC as well as a professional wrestling business. All elite wrestling.
The latest news regarding VanZant is that her next fight originally scheduled for this month has suffered a postponement which has greatly frustrated her, but is now scheduled to have that fight against Charisa Sigala on October 15th.
As for his departure from the UFC? Not only does VanZant have no regrets, but last year she even said that leaving the promotion was the best decision she ever made.
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[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 28, 2019, 6:07 PM]
Headline: Dana White responds to Paige VanZant’s claims about UFC Pay
Author: Mike Drahota
Recently, Paige VanZant revealed that she is looking for a raise from the UFC because she is making more money on Instagram. Dana White responded to the starlet’s request.
Speaking at a media scrum for journalists including mma fight after his “Contender Series” in Las Vegas last night, White appeared to laugh at VanZant’s insistence on social media. The fact that she could make money in areas outside of fighting was good for her, according to nonchalant white (quote via MMA Mania):
“Good for her. It’s great. Look, if a female fighter can make more money doing other things, good for her.
It is true that it is good for her. VanZant is arguably the most recognizable UFC fighter who does not currently hold a title. Based on her ongoing injuries and recurring fight schedule, it’s unlikely she’ll be champion anytime soon. But that doesn’t stop him from making serious bank outside the cage.
She has appeared in commercials, on “Dancing With The Stars”, and also in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. However, she is one of the few UFC fighters who can generate this type of income without actually competing. Most other fighters don’t have that attention span on social media and are crippled by the limited pay scale the UFC offers.
It’s become a hot topic in many, if not all, MMA circles and sites, but nothing ever seems to happen in this area. White and the UFC brass don’t seem to mind, as they themselves make huge money from the UFC’s TV deal with ESPN. As for the fighters, well, they almost have to make money from outside businesses. And in that regard, they will certainly never live up to a personality like VanZant.
Will the fighters organize themselves one day to earn a better living?
You can watch White’s quote on VanZant by dropping by at 2:45 p.m. in the video below: