Paige VanZant revealed that she could retire tomorrow and be good financially.
It is rare that an MMA fighter gets out of the sport and can financially support themselves for the rest of their lives, especially for a 27-year old. VanZant, who left the UFC in 2020 after fulfilling her contract, has made a lot of money outside of the biggest MMA promotion. She fought twice with Bare-Knuckle boxing, where she said her contract was ten times her UFC contract. She started her own OnlyFans knock-off site, and recently she signed with the pro wrestling company, AEW.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, she revealed that she could retire tomorrow and be free financially.
“I could retire tomorrow and be financially free, and my kids would be pretty close to being financially free,” VanZant said.
“I’m fortunate enough, I did build my name up. I know how hard I worked in the UFC and I know how much dedication I had. I did all the appearances nobody else wanted to do. I traveled the world. Every weekend, I was in a different state doing appearances. I was fortunate enough, I did have that grind mentality to build my name up. I did social media, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ really did what I could to build myself as a business and as a brand.”
No UFC reunion for PVZ
While she loves her old employer for giving her a platform, she doesn’t see herself returning to the UFC.
“Of course, I love the UFC. I love the organization. There’s a reason they are as successful as they are. There’s a reason they were able to get to this level. They have a well-oiled machine and they’re very, very good at it,” VanZant said.
“But I know in my heart that I will never fight for them again, just because they don’t pay enough. I don’t see the benefit of going back to the UFC. Right now, I’m fortunate enough, I built myself up to a specific place and I can take that and use it wherever I go.”
PVZ plans on debuting with AEW later this year and returning to bare-knuckle down the line.