UFC women’s flyweight Paige Vanzant and her husband, a Bellator MMA welterweight Austin Vanderford had lately been posting raunchy nude photos on their social media handles. They have now revealed the reason behind this trend.
In a recent interview given to MMA Fighting, the couple revealed how Austin’s workout shorts gave birth to this naked photoshoot idea. According to Paige, this is not a publicity stunt but to showcase the affection for their partner and to make most of their relationships. Here’s what she had to say:
Austin and I had taken a video of himself or a picture in the gym, and I had glanced over and I was like, ‘Were you naked out there?’ And he was just wearing really short shorts, cause he works out in really tiny shorts. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I have the best idea ever,’ and so we just kind of staged it where I was on the medicine ball and he had our double-edged bag covering his butt. Then it just kind of sparked from there because people liked them so much. It’s not really a social media stunt – it’s not to get attention, I just think I want to spread the idea, we’ve been married for over a year and a half, and just to love your significant other, and have fun with them, and [show] how important it is to just make the most of the relationships that you have.
Austin too had an interesting take on their photoshoots, “For one, I started wrestling since I was five, so I’ve been wearing one of those singlets my entire life so there isn’t a whole lot that it doesn’t show. For one, I started wrestling since I was five, so I’ve been wearing one of those singlets my entire life so there isn’t a whole lot that it doesn’t show. That’s one. Two, before I left Alaska to move here to the states to go to school and all that, my mom gave me one word of advice before I left. She said ‘Austin, the rest of the world isn’t like Alaska. You can’t just go outside and go pee wherever you want. You can’t show yourself off, so be careful.’ Fast forward like a year later, and I actually got a ticket for ‘scattering rubbish’ cause I had peed in a park or something. There might have been a few beers involved. I’ve just never been shy about that. I have fun. My wife sees me naked all day everyday anyway, so I thought the rest of the world deserves it, too.”