Paige VanZant Issues Statement On BKFC KnuckleMania Loss

Paige VanZant has spoken out on her loss at BKFC KnuckleMania.

This past Friday night, February 5, VanZant made her BKFC debut against Britain Hart. The bout headlined BKFC KnuckleMania inside the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. The bout went the distance and after five rounds of action, Hart was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

In an Instagram post, VanZant admitted that the defeat was a tough pill to swallow but she won’t be giving up.


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“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear our defeat without losing heart. Last night I told my husband I didn’t want to fight anymore. But as soon as the words left my lips I knew that wasn’t true. I’m a fighter. This is what I live for. Losers quit when they fail, winners fail until they succeed. That fight last night was a good learning experience for me.

“The timing and distance took a little bit to figure out. But I felt my last round was my best round and I’m going to build off of that! I’m thankful to fight for the best team in the world and we are going to go back and fix our mistakes. Thank you to Britain for competing last night and congrats on the victory! I’m also confident we will cross paths again.”

VanZant has begun her bare-knuckle boxing career at 0-1. As for Hart, her bare-knuckle record improves to 2-2.

VanZant signed with BKFC after her run with the UFC ended. “12 Gauge” said she was given offers from BKFC and Bellator. She ultimately chose BKFC because of the money and the emphasis on striking rather than worrying about kicks and takedowns.

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