Paige VanZant reveals plans to become a mum but fears for finances as UFC doesn't pay more than 'regular job'July 7, 2020
PAIGE VANZANT revealed she plans to become a mum but not until she feels finically secured.
The flyweight faces Amanda Ribas on Saturday at UFC 251 on 'Fight Island'.
It is the last bout on her contract and despite wanting to initially renew her deal with the UFC, VanZant is also open to testing free agency.
The 26-year-old insists the money made from her eight fights with the promotion over six years could have been matched working in a "regular job".
VanZant told MMA Fighting: “I’ve added up all the money I’ve made in the UFC over six years, and I could have just had a regular job with the same pay.
“I’m so thankful for everything the UFC has done for me, the platform they’ve given me. This is nothing against the UFC.
But the contract I signed is what I signed and I know I need to honor it.
"That’s why I’m fighting this last fight out and I was never trying to break it early.
“It’s important to fight this fight out, honour my contract and then say listen this is my value and this is what I need to be paid to make it worth it.”
I do love what I do but it has to be worth it for your future, for your career, for your family. For being a woman, I want to be a mum, too.
VanZant previously revealed she earned more money from appearing on Dancing With the Stars than fighting in the UFC.
She still hopes to fight for the leading MMA promotion, but with plans to build a family with partner Austin Vanderford the fighter wants to up her worth.
VanZant said: “It is fun for me. I do love what I do but it has to be worth it for your future, for your career, for your family.
"For being a woman, I want to be a mum, too. There’s a timeframe on that.
"My career, yes I can come back after having kids but there’s other factors like I need make enough money to be able to take time off and have kids."
VanZant joins Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal in publicly disputing with the UFC over money.
And despite thanking the UFC, she is adamant herself and the rest of the roster are deserving of a pay rise.
VanZant explained: “I love the UFC. I love fighting for them. They’ve given me so many opportunities but I’m trying to set up a future for myself.
"I’m not trying to compare myself to any other fighter. I’m not saying I deserve more than any other UFC fighter.
" I think we all deserve more. We all deserve to be paid more.”
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