The 26-year-old Paige VanZant seems to have found her first opponent at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships. The former UFC flyweight contender will look to clash with Britain Hart.
As per BKFC President David Feldman, ’12 Gauge’ was set to debut on November 14 on a stacked card. But, as she tested positive for COVID-19 in September, they postponed her bare-knuckle debut.
Paige was in search of a rugged opponent to make her BKFC debut. Now it seems as though her search is over. At the BKFC 14 event, Britain Hart won her bout against Randine Eckholm via a fourth-round TKO. Subsequently, she called out the former UFC fighter who was present at the event.
’12 Gauge’ responded to the call-out and took part in an impromptu stare down with Hart.
In a post-fight interview with Must Love MMA, Hart said, “I don’t think it’s the fight just I want. It’s the fight that everyone wants. Now she wants it too! So great, now we’re on the same page.”
Britain Hart has a 1-2 record in the BKFC. She is an ideal opponent for the former UFC sensation if the fight does get booked. This is due to the fact that she has experience but is not a BKFC veteran.
VanZant last fought at UFC 251 where she suffered an opening round defeat to Amanda Ribas. Subsequently, the UFC didn’t hand her a new contract, and she opted to test free agency. In a shocker, the fighter moved to the BKFC promotion, where she signed a four-fight deal worth more than $1 Million.
In a chat with ESPN, Paige talked about UFC & her future, “It was an amazing contract, an amazing opportunity. I also feel like it’s not a move backwards for me. It’s a lateral move to a new opportunity, a new challenge, a brand new sport. I really have sparked a brand new passion for it and especially for striking in general.”
VanZant is no mug as a fighter. Furthermore, the pure striking element at BKFC with no danger of a takedown could play to her strengths. Do you see the Britain Hart fight as an ideal debut for the former UFC contender? Let us know in the comment section below.
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