Paige VanZant’s next chapter in combat sports will be in bare knuckle action.

The former UFC women’s flyweight revealed on social media on Wednesday that she had signed a new deal with a promotion.

“Contract Signed. About to change the game. Fight news coming soon. #bigbusiness ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‰”

And as per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, that promotion is Bare Knuckle FC.

“Paige VanZant has signed a new multi-fight, exclusive contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, according to sources.”

Bellator was also in the running for VanZant’s signature, especially as her husband Austin Vanderford is a contracted fighter with the Santa Monica-based promotion.

However, Bellator president Scott Coker revealed to MMA Fighting that she declined their offer.

VanZant became a free agent after fulfilling the last fight of her UFC contract at UFC 251 last month. She suffered a first-round submission defeat to Amanda Ribas.

After the fight, UFC president Dana White revealed VanZant should definitely test free agency based on her performance — comments that disappointed the 26-year-old.

โ€œI feel like I thought we were closer friends and he could text me or call me,” VanZant said. “Something to have a little bit of compassion, something to communicate with me personally but maybe he will. We just donโ€™t know. Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s an uncomfortable situation.

โ€œIโ€™ve never spoken negatively about the UFC. Iโ€™m not bitter about where I am in my career, bitter about the position that the UFC has put me in whatsoever. I just felt like for myself, I wanted to test free agency and thatโ€™s not because I dislike the UFC or dislike Dana or anybody.

โ€œDanaโ€™s comments, what Iโ€™m hearing you say, he wants me to test free agency then hopefully they just let me go then. If thatโ€™s how they feel, then theyโ€™ll just let me be free.โ€

VanZant got her wish in the end as she will start a new chapter with Bare Knuckle FC.

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