VIDEO: Paige VanZant Breaks Down in Tears Talking About Her Last Loss and Mental Health Issues

Published 08/14/2021, 11:05 PM EDT


Paige VanZant’s transition to bare-knuckle fighting has not been the easiest. The former UFC fighter signed a lucrative deal with BKFC after leaving the UFC as a free agent. However, ’12 Gauge’ has not been able to deliver thus far, as she is yet to secure a win after two fights in the promotion. 

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Paige VanZant took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the release of a video on her YouTube channel. ‘A Kicka** Love Story’ features the behind-the-scenes of Paige and her husband as they navigate their way through the ups and downs of being elite combat sports athletes. 

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The caption on the post said, “I get asked a lot about my emotions after a loss and how I keep smiling through all that life has thrown at me….. well, the truth is, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Rocky said it best “life is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. I took this loss and every loss extremely hard. I can honestly say that I worked my a** off. And put 100% of myself in that fight.”

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12 Gauge’ continued, “I want to be someone that others can look at and say, one loss does not define me. I am so much more then what I do for a living. I am going to continue fighting because that is what I do. I am a strong, beautiful, talented women. I do not quit when things get hard, I quit when I am finished. And I am not finished!! Thank you for all the support from my fans. This video is for you. Link in bio.”

Paige VanZant is in a must-win situation ahead of her third fight with BKFC

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VanZant took on Rachael Ostovich as the two headlined the BKFC card on 23rd July. As ‘12 Gauge’ was convinced she had won the fight, she stormed off when the decision was given in favor of Ostovich. This opened the floodgates of hate and criticism towards VanZant for being a sore loser.

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In the video, VanZant admitted that following the loss, she struggled with her mental health.

VanZant has been unable to secure a win since January 2019. Hence, ’12 Gauge’ now finds herself in a position where she has to win her next fight in BKFC, which brings added pressure. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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