Clark Calls VanZant Fans “Cult Like”
Paige VanZant following success inside the cage and cross-over success on Dancing With The Stars, has amassed an intensely loyal following on social media. And following her defeat of VanZant at UFC St. Louis, Jessica Rose-Clark found that out the hard way.
During their fight in St. Louis, VanZant broke her arm in the first round. Despite the broken arm, VanZant fought on till the final bell, losing via unanimous decision.
While the injury was not obvious to Clark when it first occurred, but VanZant’s fans made sure that Clark knew following the fight.
Paige has some crazy fans pic.twitter.com/lvnEbzVVMs
— Jessy Jess (@missjessyjess) January 15, 2018
“It’s like a cult, it’s insane,” Clark said on The MMA Hour when asked about her opponent’s following.
“I’ve never had hate messages before ever. Ever. Even when I used to get real drunk and talk trash on Twitter all the time and no one would even send me trash messages then. But since this fight, I get so much hate. People comment on everything, people send me personal messages.
“Just that I’m a s**t fighter and that if we rematch things would go differently and that the only reason I won was because she broke her arm and blah blah blah blah blah. It’s just the same thing over and over again.”
While much of the pre-fight hype was centered around this being VanZant’s first UFC fight at 125 pounds, Clark didn’t mind being overlooked.
“I don’t really care,” Clark said. “A lot of people were talking about that, (Clark’s manager) Danny (Rubenstein) has spoken about it. It was a little bit upsetting, but I kind of already knew that was gonna happen. She’s a bigger deal, she’s a bigger name than I am and her fans are crazy and I always knew that kind of no matter how it went I was going to get overshadowed a little bit.”
Clark bears no ill will towards VanZant for the circumstances surrounding their encounter. If anything, she’s indifferent towards “12 Gauge” and other than the 15 minutes they spent battling it out, there hasn’t been much interaction between the two of them.
However, there was one awkward moment that stands out in Clark’s mind.
“She came up to me when we were in the cage and she’s like, ‘Oh, I broke my arm on your head.’” Clark said, “I’m like, ‘Okay. Cool. Thanks.’ And that was it. I don’t know, what do you say to that? Sorry!”