While she has her own BKFC bout against Rachael Ostovich pending, Paige VanZant will take a night off to provide her services on-air for Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred FC.
Billed as a bare-knuckle MMA promotion, Gamebred FC makes its debut on June 18, with Jason Knight vs. Charles Bennett in the main event. VanZant, who made her (unsuccessful) bare-knuckle boxing debut earlier this year, is one of a handful of fighters with experience in both MMA and BKB.
This isn’t VanZant’s first foray into broadcasting. In 2019, she was announced as part of M-1 Global’s English-Langue commentary team. She also worked commentary for the Kinetic grappling event that same year.
VanZant soared to fame upon debuting in the UFC in 2014, immediately building a three-fight win streak. She stumbled against future champ Rose Namajunas, and went 2-4 across her last six fights for a 5-4 record inside the octagon overall. Last year, following a loss to Amanda Ribas and a high profile spat over pay with the promotion, VanZant made the jump over to Bare Knuckle FC.
“12 Gauge” became a crossover darling during her run with the UFC, appearing on Dancing with the Stars, Chopped, and numerous other endeavors, while also releasing a biography in 2018. The 27-year old is married to top Bellator middleweight Austin Vanderford.