MMA stunner Paige VanZant has claimed she has “sacrificed everything” for her subsequent Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) outing, predicting that she’s going to knock out fellow ex-UFC fighter and social media star Rachael Ostovich.
Already holding a submission win over her fellow American in the octagon from their UFC assembly in January 2019, the 27-year-old believes that victory will stand her in good stead towards one of many solely feminine MMA fighters who can rival her huge Instagram following.
VanZant is searching for redemption for the defeat she suffered to Britain Hart in her sole outing for the BKFC since becoming a member of final 12 months, and her bout with Ostovich, who adopted her in becoming a member of the promotion in April, is a advertising and marketing dream for the championship between two of its best-known stars.
“I think so,” Vanzant instructed MMA Junkie when requested whether or not that triumph greater than two years in the past would bear any significance in their July assembly.
“When you beat somebody, you have a mental edge over them. You just do. Beyond that, having the experience in bare-knuckle, especially in BKFC… I think [with] my experience, I won’t have that hesitation going into this next one, and I’ll know exactly what to do, and I’ll be more comfortable.”
VanZant sees her factors defeat to Hart in February and up to date concentrate on boxing as a bonus over debutant Ostovich.
“Going into that first [fight], there are certain elements of bare-knuckle boxing that you can’t prepare for unless you actually have experience fighting,” she mentioned.
“You can’t do bare-knuckle boxing on your teammates. There are a few elements that I needed to adjust to. I feel my experience going into it is definitely going to give me the upper hand.”
Probed on her technique towards Ostovich, Van Zant emphatically hoped that the night doesn’t go the playing cards once more.
“I’m coming for the knockout, for sure,” she warned, having initially promoted the battle by telling followers on Instagram: “Come for the boobies. Stay for the violence.”
“I don’t see any other way, especially with the coaches I have in my corner for this camp and how hard I’m training.
“I’ve sacrificed completely the whole lot for this, so I’m coming for the knockout.”
VanZant also admitted that she missed MMA. “We’ll see,” she answered, when a possible return to the discipline was discussed.
“I positively miss it. It’s exhausting as a result of I like each side of coaching and preventing. I like boxing.
“I could see myself going into pro boxing, and I could see myself continuing and going back into MMA. I feel like the sky’s the limit.
“I’m nonetheless tremendous younger, so I’m nonetheless discovering myself in this sport, and I used to be fortunate sufficient that I made a very massive identify for myself at an early age.
“But now it’s time for me to really develop in this sport and grow as this sport grows, and I’m just in this perfect place here in Florida – to have American Top Team, to have [trainer] Pedro Diaz and really just become the best fighter that I could possibly be.
“Becoming a greater striker helps you all through your whole profession, it doesn’t matter what you do.
“So I feel like I’m developing my striking but the differences for bareknuckle are more adjusting to the rounds, adjusting to short rounds, adjusting to the distance, the range.
“There are only a few small parts, however all collectively it’s going to make me a greater striker for MMA and only a higher striker total. So it’s not essentially that I’ve to re-learn, it’s simply studying new issues to proceed to develop.”