'Can't zoom out, he's NAKED': Paige VanZant posts 'booty' snaps in Vegas as ex-UFC fighter ponders rumored Bare Knuckle switch
VanZant became a free agent following her crushing first-round defeat to Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 on "UFC Fight Island" earlier this month, and has made the most of her downtime by heading to Vegas for a series of typically scantily-clad shots with Bellator MMA middleweight Vanderford.
Announcing to her following of more than 2.7 million that "we went to Vegas", VanZant showed herself lying on a sun lounger in a bright pink bikini, accompanied by the simple caption, "booty".
The flyweight zoomed in on Vanderford in their hotel room while singing, adding: "He's naked, can't zoom out."
The couple, who have frequently posted risque photos together in which their modesties have been narrowly covered during quarantine, then kissed in a pool as VanZant commentated: "We are so freaking cute.
"Keep those shades on baby, cause our future is bright."
Eric Kowal, an MMA writer who also works for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), said earlier this week that he had been asked for his thoughts two weeks ago by BKFC president David Feldman about signing VanZant.
"There are talks – nothing close yet," he added.
"We'll see, but this is the latest."
The 26-year-old spent almost six years with the UFC, winning five of her nine fights before her contract ended after her defeat to Ribas, when UFC president all-but confirmed she was being released in his post-fight press conference.
In a mixed response to the news, a fan responded to a joke that VanZant would be best employed as a ring girl by retorting: "She's an elite fighter.
"She lost a fight coming off an injury with a long layover, so all of a sudden she has to be a ring girl?
"Probably hotter than the ring girls, to be honest. Not to mention her weakness is grappling, so this is a good fit for her."
There are talks, nothing close yet.— Eric Kowal - MyMMANews.com (@MyMMANews) July 29, 2020
I can confirm there are talks. I work for the company. Just asked David about your tweet cause he asked me 2 weeks ago for thoughts on possibly signing her. Today he said there are talks but nothing close. Like you said "we'll see" but this is latest.— Eric Kowal - MyMMANews.com (@MyMMANews) July 29, 2020
Why would she be a ring girl? She's an elite fighter. She lost a fight coming off an injury with a long layover so all the sudden she has to be the ring girl? Probably hotter than the ring girls to be honest. Not to mention her weakness is grappling, so this is a good fit 4her— BulldogginWilly (@WilltheBassGod1) July 29, 2020
Oh no, no no no... what the hell is she doing? They must have offered her at least a million and some spare change to do that. I don't see this going well for her at all. Regardless i hope she does well in there.— Joshua Sia (@Slayer_Tip) July 29, 2020
Others worried that she would suffer in bare-knuckle fighting and advised her to join partner Vanderford as a Bellator fighter.
"What the hell is she doing?" asked one.
"They must have offered her at least a million and some spare change to do that.
"I don't see this going well for her at all. Regardless, I hope she does well in there."Also on rt.com Turning the Paige: Bellator MMA boss will 'definitely' contact out-of-contract UFC pin-up Paige VanZant over potential move