Paige VanZant's bare-knuckle boxing career may just be over if she is defeated in her upcoming clash with Charisa Sigala.
The former WWE and UFC star has already lost two fights since putting pen to paper on a deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships in August 2020. She is readying herself to face off Sigala in the co-main event of BKFC 27 in London on August 20.
But it’s been a poor run for the fighter so far with the promotion. She has endured consecutive losses to Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich – and if VanZant loses her next bout, promoter Dave Feldman said that she 'could be at the end.'
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He told GiveMeSport: "If Paige loses, her bare-knuckle career is definitely at an end. I mean, she did an interview and said there was no pressure on this fight.
"So, you know, if she feels there’s no pressure, then maybe, you know, maybe she’s very confident. But, you know, I can’t keep saying after every fight, we’ll see how she does. And that’s why if she doesn’t do well in this fight, If she doesn’t come out victorious, or at least look very, very good, then she’s probably at the end of her bare-knuckle career.”
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So far VanZant has earned a whopping £670,000 for her last two bouts. But the 28-year-old is feeling confident ahead of her next fight.
She said: “I’m here for a reason. I was in the UFC for six years getting paid $40,000 (to show) and $40,000 (to win), and now I’m getting 10 times that doing what I love. So obviously, I’m not going anywhere. I’m very happy fighting here and I’m excited to fight.”
Sigala is also a former UFC fighter, who too is looking forward to the encounter. She said: “This event is going to be a big part of BKFC history, and I’m really excited to be a part of it. Fighting at Knuckle Mania in 2021 made me a part of that historic event.
"I didn’t fully recognise the significance of that in my debut, but I’m very aware of it heading into London. This is another huge opportunity to be a part of BKFC history.”
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