Paige VanZant was a huge star during her time in UFC. Taking her martial arts and professional fighter background into consideration, AEW recently signed her as a wrestler. That being said, she is still signed to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and she revealed that signing with AEW won’t stop her from competing in BKFC.

ESPN’s Marc Raimondi recently interviewed Paige VanZant about many things. During that conversation, she talked about signing with AEW and revealed that she will still continue to box in BKFC as she has open ended contract.

“Everything about it. You know my athleticism. I come from a fighting background, I come from combat sports. I also come from a gymnastic background. I feel like there are so many parts of my skill set that I’m not able to utilize in pro fighting. Pro wrestling has been something I’ve wanted to get into for a very long time, but I’ve had prior contracts that didn’t allow that.

“Luckily, I’m still a professional Bare Knuckle boxer with the BKFC. They couldn’t have been more supportive, so they’re actually supporting this transition is well. I’ll still be doing Bare Knuckle boxing with the BKFC and doing AEW. They allowed me to have an open ended contract where I could go compete and be a part of AEW pro wrestling. So that was a big push, just having their support throughout the entire thing, and I know that they’re going to help build the AEW and vice versa.”


“I think it’s going to be a really cool crossover between the two worlds because they are very similar. They are in the combat sports world.”

Paige VanZant signed her AEW deal on Wednesday while starting a feud with Tay Conti. She previously started a storyline with Brandi Rhodes, but that came to halt when Cody Rhodes and his wife Brandi parted ways with AEW. It remains to be seen how PVZ will manage working for two promotions at the same time. Tony Khan obviously doesn’t have a problem with this situation, because Jake Hager is also allowed to fight for Bellator while remaining on the AEW roster.

Check out Paige’s full interview below.

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Bhupen Dange

Bhupen is a freelance writer for Ringside News and Thirsty For News; he is pursuing further studies in Computer Science. Since high school, he has actively participated in athletic activities, and when he is not playing video games, he spends his time in the gym training, watching movies, and walking his dog outside.

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