Paige VanZant insists she has nothing to prove in bareknuckle boxing return against Charisa Sigala

  • Tom Ward
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Paige VanZant has ‘nothing to prove’ to anyone when she returns to the boxing ring against Charisa Sigala.

VanZant, 28, is best known for competing in the UFC until her departure from Dana White‘s promotion two years ago.

The former MMA fighter’s last UFC appearance took place in July 2020 on the main card of Kamaru Usman‘s clash with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.

VanZant signed a contract with BareKnuckle Fighting Championship following her release from the UFC that same year.

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The 28-year-old made her in-ring debut last year after signing with the company.

However, she hasn’t exactly got off to the best of starts, following back-to-back losses to Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich respectively.

But despite the difficult start it seems she isn’t prepared to give up quite just yet.

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Paige VanZant will headline BKFC London on August 20

VanZant faces Sigala in the co-main event of BKFC 27, with the show taking place in London on August 20.

Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport.com, VanZant insisted that she is only doing this for herself.

“No, I just do what I want to do, honestly,” she said.

“I’ve put myself in a great position to be honest. I’ve been smart financially. I’ve put myself in a position where I get to spend my time doing what I want and that’s the true definition of wealth is being able to spend your time doing whatever you truly want to do with it and for me I want to fight.

“I like fighting, I like fighting in bareknuckle boxing, and it’s not to prove anything to anybody nor myself.

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Paige VanZant’s BareKnuckle Fighting Championship contract is said to be worth millions.

“I have nothing to prove, I’m just going out there and doing my thing, I want to be the best possible toughest person that I can and this is where I see my true value.”

VanZant, who has lost both of her previous two outings, is as driven and as confident ever ahead of this month’s potentially make-or-break fight against Sigala.

‘There’s not very many women who are willing to do something like this’

“BKFC is still a brand new sport and it’s a big learning curve and there’s not very many women who are willing to do something like this,” she explained.

“They’re definitely gaining momentum, there’s a lot more females that are signing with the promotion, but it doesn’t take a lot of wins for you to be ranked in the top field.

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VanZant’s current BKFC record stands at 0-2

“So I’m excited to go out there and fight again, you know.

“There’s a lot of people who will have one fight in bareknuckle boxing but there’s not a lot that will have two or more, and I’ve already got 10 rounds of bareknuckle boxing under my belt and I’m preparing for another fight.”

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As for Sigala, VanZant is expecting her to put up a fight.

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“I think it’s going to be an exciting fight,” she revealed.

“Both me and this girl, we’re both brawlers, and we both always bring it.

“She recently had a war with another girl who’s fighting for the title so I know she’s going to be extremely tough. I think it’s going to be a really, really exciting fight. It definitely has ‘Fight of the Night’ potential for sure.

“Beyond that, it’s going to be an amazing card so I hope everyone in London comes out. Obviously you’ve got MVP and Mike Perry, that could be one of the greatest fights of all time.”

Tickets for BKFC’s first-ever European event, headlined by a Transatlantic showdown between Michael ‘Venom’ Page and ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry, are on sale now via AXS.com.

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