The trend of UFC fighters unhappy with their contract situations continues, and criticized fighter pay in her latest interview. Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant (5-3 UFC, 8-4 MMA) told ESPN MMA’s Ariel Helwani that she will test free agency after her fight vs Amanda Ribas on UFC 251. She stated that she has been on the same contract since she was 22. Now 26, the “Fight Island“ bout will be the last fight flyweight’s contract.
Though Paige 2-3 in her last 5 fights, she is one of the more popular fighters on the roster. She has stated in the past that she has made more money promoting brands on Instagram than she does on fighting. She stated that does not really change whether or not she wins or loses. VanZant also stated that;
“I made more money competing on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ than I have in my entire UFC career combined – every fight, every win, every bonus.”– Paige VanZant
VanZant still says that she loves fighting, and even dropped every single sponsor before this fight so she could focus purely on training.
“Everyone knows how much I make. I make $46,000 to fight. $46,000 to show and $46,000 to win. I’m not going to hide than because everybody knows. I can make way more money than that just promoting brands on Instagram. That should say something. Why would I step away from all the amazing success I had on Dancing with the Stars? I made more money on Dancing with the Stars than I have in my entire UFC career combined. Every fight, every win, every bonus. And it just shows that the money is out there,” VanZant said.-Paige VanZant
Contract negotiations aside, Amanda Ribas (3-0 UFC, 9-1 MMA) is not an easy fight for either fighter. The fight is the first fight on the PPV portion of the card, should be a great addition to UFC 251. It will be interesting to watch the negotiation process after the flyweight bout.