By Dane McGuire
After recent comments, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships President Dave Feldman may soon be out of the Paige VanZant business.
The UFC veteran and OnlyFans creator is 0-2 with BKFC. She fell to Britain Hart and former UFC opponent Rachael Ostovich in 2021. What would have been VanZant’s last fight on her contract, a BKFC 27 bout last year was scrapped with late notice.
VanZant took to Twitter, posting that she did not pull out of the bout and her frustration was clear. She tweeted, “THIS IS OUT OF MY CONTROL!!! I WENT AN ENTITE (sic) CAMP AND WEIGHT CUT TO BE PULLED A WEEK OUT!!!!”
She then broke her foot, scrapping return plans for February’s KnuckleMania. Prior to VanZant’s third BKFC bout, Feldman said it was a “must-win” and later she would have to perform well in defeat to stay.
“I’m going to be talking to her this week and there’s a possibility that she returns on a big card we’ve got in April,” Feldman told Mirror Fighting. “If she doesn’t, then it’s probable that she won’t be coming back to BKFC.”
“She’s making a lot of money doing her other businesses and maybe she doesn’t want to do this anymore, I will find out this week,” Feldman stated. “I don’t think she’s going to turn it down because of money, I think the only reason she would turn it down is if she doesn’t have the desire to fight anymore.”
VanZant said in an August 2022 GiveMeSport interview:
“I’ve put myself in a great position to be honest,” VanZant said. “I’ve been smart financially. I’ve put myself in a position where I get to spend my time doing what I want, and that’s the true definition of wealth, being able to spend your time doing whatever you truly want to do with it and for me, I want to fight.
“I like fighting, I like fighting in bare-knuckle boxing, and it’s not to prove anything to anybody nor myself… I have nothing to prove, I’m just going out there and doing my thing, I want to be the best possible toughest person that I can and this is where I see my true value.”
VanZant has also been minimally involved in pro wrestling since signing with AEW.
“Absolutely (I) will be (back) in AEW,” VanZant said. “But I don’t have any news on when yet. So stay tuned.”
Her coach, WWE veteran Gangrel, hadn’t heard from her since. VanZant updated fans on Instagram, saying:
“Yes, I did (train VanZant) for a little while there. She did well; she didn’t train as much as I would have liked for her to train, but I haven’t seen her since that match,” Gangrel said. “She did that match, she wrote me and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to go over the match with you and some critique.’ And I said, ‘Sure,’ and that’s the last I heard from her,” he continued. “She’s an athlete. She could have been really, really good at it actually.”