Ex-UFC star Paige VanZant is now "living comfortably" thanks to her racy OnlyFans-style account.
Since leaving Dana White's promotion in 2020, VanZant has broadened her horizons beyond the MMA world. The 28-year-old set up an exclusive site where she could share snaps of herself to subscribers for a monthly fee.
The added income from the side hustle, combined with her four-fight deal with the Bare Knuckle Championship believed to be worth over $1million (£770,000), has set her up for life. "I was in the UFC for six years, I’ve been fighting for eight years and it’s finally paying off," she told MMA Fighting last year.
"This year finally paid off to where I’m feeling comfortable with my life. There was always this back and forth. There’s two sides of it.
"I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I would lose business opportunities based on having an exclusive content site, but I feel like I’m already seen as a sex symbol in the sports world.
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"I might as well have the monetization behind it. I wanted to do it on my own terms, so I actually joined Fan Time. It’s a separate company, I’m not with OnlyFans.
"It’s PaigeFanZant.com and it’s my own website and I have a lot of control over what goes on there. It’s basically me doing exclusive things. I’m proud to say I’m part of it."
VanZant was vocal about the UFC pay scale for women but knew her exit would leave her in a precarious position. It's a decision which has ultimately paid off.
She added: "It was nerve-wracking to know you’re leaving the powerhouse of combat sports. But now I know it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
"Since I’ve left, I’ve seen multiple fighters leave the UFC, and it’s not a diss at the UFC necessarily, but I think it’s more an awakening in fighters knowing there’s money out there and we’re going to be compensated for what we’re doing."
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