Paige VanZant is without a doubt one of the best female MMA draws in UFC, but she could soon become one of the biggest and hottest free agents as she made it clear that she wants to test out free agency after her next UFC fight.
She currently as 1-fight left in her UFC contract and is coming off of a submission win over Rachael Ostovich at UFC Fight Night 143 earlier this year. Before that, she was on a two-fight losing streak against Jessica-Rose Clark and Michelle Waterson. She is currently out of action from the Octagon because of arm surgery.
“It’s the last fight on my current UFC contract so I’ll be fighting it out,” VanZant told The Score. “I think I’m just curious to see what I can do. I feel like I want to prove to the UFC what I’m worth, and I think it’s going to take one more fight for me to do that, especially because fight fans are so – you’re easily forgotten in the fight world. They watch a fight happen and they’re already focused on the one that’s happening next week, so I want it to be fresh in their minds going into a contract negotiation, not fresh off of a broken arm.”
She said that she expects to be cleared by the doctors by this week and hopes to get back to training.
“I still haven’t gotten the all-clear to train,” VanZant said. “I’m hoping to get cleared by Wednesday to start doing a little bit more with my arm. I’m not supposed to hold anything more than a coffee cup or a cell phone, like, in my right hand. It’s still extremely limited, so I did start hitting pads just with my left hand and with my legs and knees and doing as much as I can, but I’m hoping to get the all-clear soon.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
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