AEW is set to get a lot more violent after Tony Khan confirmed that former UFC star Paige VanZant is set to become All Elite.
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.
VanZant has appeared several times in AEW as part of Dan Lambert’s American Top Team. Recently, she returned to AEW television for the first time in several months to attack Brandi Rhodes, which was the last time Rhodes was seen in AEW before her and Cody Rhodes’ departures were announced.
AEW President Tony Khan took to social media to confirm that he had been in talks with Dan Lambert about Scorpio Sky receiving a TNT Title shot, and dropped in that Paige VanZant will be signing with AEW on Dynamite:
“I had offered a 7th spot in the Face of the Revolution match to 2021 winner @ScorpioSky but instead I just bartered with Dan Lambert: Scorpio Sky will challenge the winner of tonight’s 3 way #AEWRampage TNT Title match this Wednesday @ Dynamite +@paigevanzantwill sign with @AEW”
I had offered a 7th spot in the Face of the Revolution match to 2021 winner @ScorpioSky but instead I just bartered with Dan Lambert: Scorpio Sky will challenge the winner of tonight’s 3 way #AEWRampage TNT Title match this Wednesday @ Dynamite + @paigevanzant will sign with @AEWhttps://t.co/uCOf6HWFPZ
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) March 5, 2022
Back in 2021, Paige VanZant spoke to Pop Culture about potentially joining the wrestling world, but as part of WWE:
“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.”