Paige VanZant next fight: ’12 Gauge’ to return next year and awaits ‘must-win’ next opponent according to BKFC president Dave Feldman

Paige VanZant is yet to win in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship following her move from the UFC and will know her next clash will be crucial.

VanZant obtained a multi-fight deal with BKFC in 2020 but remains winless in her two bouts, losing to Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich.

Paige VanZant at UFC 251 Usman v Masvidal weigh-in before her bout with Amanda Ribas

There are positives to take away from those two defeat as she didn’t look out of her depth and she wasn’t knocked out or bloodied in either loss.

BKFC president Dave Feldman has said that she ‘performed well’ in the bouts but admits he can’t keep saying ‘she fought really good, now let’s see what happens next time.’

VanZant left the UFC in 2020 to exclusively fight with the BKFC. She has also appeared in All Elite Wrestling in September.

But when will ’12 Gauge’ be back under the lights?

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Her next fight has not be confirmed as of yet but the BKFC expect the former MMA star to fulfil the last fight in her contract.

VanZant remains a big pull for the BKFC and her next bout will likely be another headliner despite her two defeats.

Feldman revealed recently that they have been in talks with PVZ and she will make her return in January or February next year.

“We are in talks with Paige and we will be bringing her back in early 2022,” Feldman said to

“It is heartbreaking for her to lose her first two fights but she is putting her heart back into this thing. We will work out a deal in the next week or so and you will see Paige VanZant back in the BKFC ring.”

VanZant lost her second fight as a bareknuckle fighter

Paige VanZant next fight: What has been said?

BKFC president Feldman said in August: “Absolutely she’s in a must win-situation.

“I thought she was in a must-win situation in this fight but she performed very well. I thought as to the fact that they won Fight of the Night honours.

“I thought that she was in a must-win coming in. She lost and I still think that we’re in the Paige VanZant business.

“Eventually and now’s the time, she has to come out with a victory. Like I said, we’ll sit down with her team and see what happens. I think we’re all going to move forward together, but you’re absolutely right, she’s in a must-win situation without a doubt.

“We definitely saw a new and improved Paige VanZant. I mean her punches were crisp, her movement was good.

“She didn’t do enough to win either fight but she didn’t look bad in either fight. She looked improved in the second fight. I don’t think we’re out of the Paige VanZant business, I really don’t. I like Paige. I like that she’s very passionate about what she does.

VanZant was unsuccessful in her Bare Knuckle boxing debut

“I think you’re going to see Paige back in the squared-circle, I really, really truly do. I think we’re going to come to terms on what we need to do as a team, all of us collectively and what she needs to do to deliver to keep doing this thing.

“Thing is after this fight she said ‘I’ll be back.’ She doesn’t want to quit. That’s the thing I love about her.

“I didn’t like that she stormed out of the ring, and didn’t come to the post-fight press conference, but at the same time I liked it for the fact that she did it because she’s so passionate about what she does and I like fighters that don’t take losses good.

“I don’t want a fighter to take a loss very good. That means that they didn’t have that inside of them. She didn’t take the loss good and I didn’t mind that.

“On the flipside, she needs to do what the company requires. There could have been miscommunication. It doesn’t even matter.

“What matters is she fought really, really well and we’re going to sit down with her team and see what’s next. That’s what it all comes down to.”

Paige VanZant signed a multi-fight deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
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