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Paige VanZant showed off a savage cut to her eye after losing her bare knuckle boxing debut.
The American, who turned her back on UFC for a lucrative five-year deal with BKFC, stepped into the ring for the first time against Britain Hart on Friday.
And the 26-year-old shoed her fighting pedigree by going the full five rounds in Florida, USA.
Having started the fight well, though, VanZant took a barrage of punches from her opponent and landed more to win the bout.
But the American wasted no time sharing her thoughts on the bout – and a huge cut below here left eye – with her 2.7m Instagram followers.
Sharing a selfie, the stitched cut can be seen below her eye, which is also bulging from a bruise.
VanZant is still smiling, though, and accompanies the snap with: “Humble in victory. Humble in defeat.”
Tension between the fighters was already high after the pair got involved in a shoving match at the weigh-in the day before.
And they wasted no time getting at each other in the first round, exchanging body blows after just 20 seconds of the first round.
VanZant stayed quick on her toes and threaten to land some powerful punches – but it was Hart who swung first to land on the 26-year-old’s left side.
It was a similar story to the second and third rounds, with both fighters landing the occasional punch before getting locked up.
But Hart, who had won her last two bouts before taking on the ex-UFC star, grew into the fight more.
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Having landed a punch on VanZant’s throat, the hit on the eye came in the fourth round as the American started to commit more.
While the 26-year-old managed to draw blood from her bare knuckle opponent’s nose and mouth, it was Hart’s greater accuracy that won the bout, with the judges scoring it 49-46 in her favour.
VanZant’s debut in the ring saw her make an incredible body transformation, which she regularly shows off to her Instagram followers.
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