Former UFC star Paige VanZant says the door is open for her to follow in ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey’s footsteps and make the switch to WWE.
VanZant first competed in the UFC in 2014, fighting in the strawweight division before moving to the flyweight division in 2017. She boasts a professional record of eight wins and five losses in professional MMA but never captured gold during her time in UFC.
In August 2020, Paige VanZant signed an exclusive four-fight deal for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. She lost her debut contest in February 2021 via unanimous decision.
Now speaking to Pop Culture, Paige VanZant says she’d love to be part of WWE one day, however, she’d have to be all in:
“I am a fan, and I do follow them. Obviously, the door is open there. I love the idea of competing and being a part of their organization because they are so amazing. But I feel like the commitment there, it’s a full-time job with the athletes for the WWE.
“What they do is extremely amazing. It’s pure talent. But I feel like it’s a full-time job. You can’t be half in, half out. And right now, I do have to be in BKFC and combat sports. So I feel like eventually in my career, I feel like the opportunity will definitely still be there. And I feel like there’s interest on both sides, so maybe later down the road. But right now, I am focused on just bare-knuckle boxing.”
Should VanZant make the jump to WWE, she’d be following in the footsteps of other former UFC stars turned wrestlers Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, and Ronda Rousey. Rousey had the most success of the three as she spearheaded the WWE’s women’s division to the main event of WrestleMania in 2019 alongside Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch