PAIGE VANZANT: BKFC DEBUT RUMOR MILL

QUEEN MMA Media / Thomas Vickers

PAIGE VANZANT – BKFC DEBUT

PAIGE VANZANT AND THE BKFC DEBUT RUMOR MILL

Paige Vanzant is a veteran of nine fights in the UFC, two of which she finished via strikes.
Vanzant drops a hard right hand on Rachael Ostovich. January 19, 2019 at UFC on ESPN + 1

Who will it be Britain Hart, Jenny Savage Clausius, Rachael Ostovich, Bec Rawlings, or is there another waiting to jump into the fray? There is no question the Vanzant BKFC debut frenzy has generated considerable interest and noticeable chaos throughout the bare knuckle community and at this point I would not be surprised to see Jake Paul or Logan Paul gravitate towards Vanzant with a boastful challenging call out across social media.   Paige Vanzant’s last fight was an MMA pro flyweight bout against Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 in July of 2020. Vanzant lost the match via first round armbar.  Regardless of the loss, the fact remains Vanzant quickly reached star popularity status with a combination of talent and looks shortly after debuting in the UFC in 2015. Over the past several years the twenty-six year old Vanzant has built an (8-5) pro MMA record while facing some big names in the sport.  Such opponents include; Rose Namajunas, Michelle Waterson, Jessica-Rose Clark, and Amanda Ribas to mention a few.  The BKFC fans have been buzzing about the addition of Vanzant since it was first announced and the rumor mill has been whirling nonstop ever since. 

PAIGE VANZANT vs BRITAIN HART

Britain Hart and “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship belt before their big fight at BKFC 2.
Britain Hart went the distance against heavily favored Bec Rawlings in a hard fought split decision war at BKFC 2.

It all seemed to begin to grow when bare knuckle boxer Britain Hart defeated Randine Eckholm at BKFC 14 back in November of 2020 via a fourth round KO/TKO.  The referee raised Hart’s hand in victory.  Seconds later while still in the ring Hart was handed the microphone.  Microphone in hand she walked over to the edge of the ring. Leaning on the ropes she looked down at Paige Vanzant who was in attendance at ringside and exclaimed “You are fucking next.” The Miami, Florida crowd reacted with excitement over what seemed to be a clear call out of the popular former UFC star.

The thirty year old Britain Hart has a professional boxing background and made her bare knuckle debut at BKFC 2 in August of 2018 against UFC veteran MMA fighter “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings.  The 135 lb matchup played a large part in putting BKFC on the combat sports map.  Hart battled the heavily favored Rawlings to a close split decision.  Despite coming up short in the electrifying and action packed bout Hart gained the respect and following of the early BKFC fan base.  In April of 2019 Hart went on to face BKFC’s most dominating female fighter Christine Ferea at BKFC 5.  Hart lost to Ferea by way of doctor stoppage in the second round but continued to demonstrate her unwillingness to wilt away from a challenge.

PAIGE VANZANT vs JENNY SAVAGE CLAUSIUS

Jenny “The Tennessee Gangster” Savage
Jenny Savage Clausius blasts Sheena Brandenburg with a solid overhand left in bare knuckle debut at BKFC 15.

In December of 2020 pro MMA fighter Jenny Savage Clausius entered the action by making her bare knuckle debut with a decisive win via second round doctor stoppage over Sheena Brandenburg at BKFC 15.  Brandenburg AKA Sheena Starr was no stranger to the bare knuckle fight game having made a cross over from an (0-4) pro MMA career to debut at BKFC 5 with a round two KO/TKO win over Ivana Coleman.  Sheena later went on to fall short at BKFC 8 against Delaney Owen. Not long after Jenny Savage Clausius’s bare knuckle debut win over Brandenburg rumors begin to surface of Clausius gaining a possible matchup with Vanzant at BKFC 16.  Clausius is (3-4) as a pro MMA fighter and currently (1-0) in bare knuckle. 

PAIGE VANZANT vs RACHAEL OSTOVICH

Rachael Ostovich
Rachael Ostovich slams a right to the chin of Paige Vanzant during UFC fight back in January of 2019.

As of late a new rumor has been tossed into the bare knuckle mill, talks of a Rachael Ostovich versus Paige Vanzant fight.  Ostovich and Vanzant had squared off in the UFC cage back in January of 2019.  Vanzant won the contest with a second round armbar and perhaps a possible rematch by way of bare knuckle is in the cards. 

PAIGE VANZANT vs BEC RAWLINGS

Paige Vanzant and “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings eye to eye before meeting in the UFC cage back in 2016.
Bec Rawlings produced an undefeated record of (3 – 0) while fighting under the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship promotional banner.

If the rumor mill was not already loaded to the brim Bec Rawlings has expressed “I would love that fight” when recently asked about possibly facing Vanzant again, but this time-a-round in bare knuckle.  In August of 2016 Vanzant finished Rawlings in the second round with a hard head kick at UFC Fight Night.  “She would take a beating in BKFC”, explained Rawlings who generated an impressive (3-0) record in bare knuckle before shifting back over to MMA competition under the Bellator promotional banner. 

There are some fans that see Vanzant as being a mediocre striker from the UFC who gained her fame due to her stunning good looks.  Many others see Vanzant as a tough warrior who brings serious experience, real skill, and is not afraid to fight. 

Despite all the flying rumors and claimed verbal agreements it all means nothing until someone signs the dotted line.  And so the drama continues to expand. 

It seems obvious to most fight fans Paige Vanzant was brought onto the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship roster in an effort to spark epic attention and the only thing that can be confirmed thus far is mission accomplished.

By: T. Vickers (MMA – Journalist)

QUEEN MMA MEDIA

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