Paige VanZant’s bare-knuckle fight return confirmed after back-to-back defeats

Paige VanZant will return to bare-knuckle boxing in search of her first win this April, according to her promoter.

The former UFC star made the switch from MMA to bare-knuckle boxing last year, but was unable to score a win in her two bouts against Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich.

And promoter David Feldman has confirmed that she will be stepping back between the ropes for the promotion, saying that he almost put her on a card in February.

However, he felt that was too much too soon, and instead has opted to hold off until the second quarter of the year.

“She’s going to be fighting again,” Feldman told MMAFighting. “We were thinking about throwing her on the KnuckleMania card, too.

"I thought it was too much and we needed to just spread it out a little. I don’t have an exact date but I’d love to get her back in April.

"It would be great to get her back and there’s a lot of talent out there that would be good opponents for her, April-May-ish.

“So we’re going to be talking to [VanZant's manager] Malki Kawa and hopefully lock that in but we’ve already started the preliminary conversation.

"She knows that she’s going to get ready to fight soon.”

VanZant is one of the most well-known fighters in the world, having debuted in the UFC in 2014 and fought the likes of Rose Namajunas and Bec Rawlings during her career with the promotion.

She's married to Bellator middleweight contender Austin Vanderford, and has parlayed her fame into a massive contract with BKFC as well as a subscription service where she releases 'exclusive content'.

The fighter also commentated on the infamous 'YouTube vs TikTok' boxing event in June and has a number of broadcasting opportunities available.

And Feldman admires that despite her various revenue streams, VanZant opted to transition to a sport known for its brutality and gruesome facial wounds.

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"She didn’t have to fight bare-knuckle," he continued. "She had other options but she tested herself and then she lost. Then she came back and tested herself again and lost again.

“But neither of those fights are you like ‘oh my god, Paige got her a** kicked!’ Neither of those fights at all.

"You were like ‘good fights and Paige lost.’ No big deal. Everybody said she fought tough and she did, she fought very tough.

“It’s not like she doesn’t belong here in this sport, she’s schooling herself.

"She’s got two good experiences under her belt, she knows what went wrong and what to make right. We’ll see what happens.

“Like with any fighter, you can’t keep saying ‘well next time, next time, next time.’ Here’s the next time.

"We’ll match her accordingly and hopefully it works out for her.”

VanZant held a record of 8-5 in MMA before making the switch to bare-knuckle boxing, and has said she's unlikely to return to the cage in the future.

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