Fans waiting for Paige VanZant to return to the squared circle will have to wait a bit longer after the social media sensation suffered an injury performing an Instagram stunt.
VanZant has been absent from the world of combat sports since dropping her second-straight bout under the BKFC banner to former UFC opponent Rachael Ostovich in July 2021. ’12 Gauge’ was slated to return for the promotion’s debut in London over the summer, but the bout was mysteriously scrapped with no real explanation provided by BKFC president Dave Feldman or VanZant.
Hopes of seeing PVZ return for the promotion’s third-annual Knucklemania event in February 2023 appear to have been dashed after performing a stunt for her 3 million Instagram followers resulted in a broken foot.
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Paige VanZant Makes More From OnlyFans Than She Ever Did With the UFC or BKFC
Paige VanZant was in Anchorage, Alaska when she decided to take a leap of faith into some snow that wasn’t quite as soft as it appeared. The crash landing resulted in PVZ breaking a metatarsal bone in her foot that will keep her on crutches for the foreseeable future. Financially, VanZant should be just fine as she continues to clean up on the internet content subscription service OnlyFans. With 588,000 subscribers, ’12 Gauge’ revealed that she makes more money from offering scantily clad content to her subscribers than she ever did with the UFC or BKFC.
“I will say when I signed with BKFC, the bare-knuckle boxing, I was making more money than I had made in my entire UFC career,” VanZant told The Sun. “Now I’m making more money than my entire BKFC contract in like a month. It’s pretty crazy.”
In March 2022, VanZant signed with the professional wrestling organization AEW. Making her in-ring debut at their annual ‘Double or Nothing’ pay-per-view event in May, VanZant has been sparsely used since then, likely due to her high price tag. Speaking with ‘The Schmo‘ following her debut, VanZant said that AEW will need to “pay me the PPV dollars to show up.”