UFC flyweight superstar Paige VanZant is looking at exploring a free-agency procedure after her next fight, a challenge that could potentiall end her contract with the FC
“I am, yeah,” VanZant said when asked about free agency on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Bloody Elbow). “You know, it’s more for me, I want to prove my worth. And obviously, with my arm injuries I’ve had three surgeries in a row now. Even though I’m so popular, I guess… I’ve been doing amazing things outside the UFC—Sports Illustrated, Dancing with the Stars, all these amazing things. I want to show, ‘Hey, I’m a huge player in this division. I’m a huge player in the UFC.’ And I think it’s going to take one more fight to do that.”
VanZant says she expects more profit from the final obligation fight with UFC in what she will consider as year-end pay-per-view.
“I’m aiming for – there’s always a really big card at the end of the year for the UFC – so I’m hoping for that end of the year card,” VanZant said.
Meanwhile, VanZant wants to prioritize her health over fight as she looks to recover from a difficult arm injury and resulting surgery.
“More than anything, I’m just focused on getting back in the cage,” VanZant said. “I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, or any stress behind anything. I just want to fight.”