To toot my own horn, just a day before this news leaked I said to fellow site author Dave that VanZant was not going to return to the UFC, instead she would be offered movie roles that not only pay more than her fights, but promise significantly less time being choked out.
At this point I have less evidence to back up my claim than the Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello, but I promise I will cry a lot less than he did whilst writing this post.
Besides movie offers and TV fame is there any more evidence? What about when she resigned with the UFC last year? Well, it was obvious at that point she was on the right path to becoming the UFC’s strawweight version of Ronda Rousey.
After that Carano became a regular on a TV series *cough*, lent her voice to video games and acted in big movies (Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool). Hell, she is even in the prequel to the same fucking movie VanZant is set to star in, Kickboxer: Vengeance *Cough, triple cough*.
Paige is 22, on a reality-TV series, acting in Kickboxer and was undefeated in the UFC prior to Namajunas.
Hate to say it, but perhaps Paige had a euphoric moment while looking into those lights right before tapping to Rose.
From the UFC’s standpoint, this way you have the attractive, ferocious 115 lb star you so clearly desire, win or lose. Unless of course Namajunas decides to stop shaving her head.
With Paige ranked #8 and Karolina #7, this is the only fight I see possible to build her back up. She’s already lost to Rose and Tecia Torres, Letourneau is likely heading up a new division and Jessica Penne is booked (and probably too tough).
The only other question that appears to be unanswered is, why should she come back?
If Paige VanZant never returns to the UFC I wouldn’t blame her.