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Paige VanZant Net Worth: How Much Money Does She Have?

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Paige VanZant is an American mixed martial artist who previously fought in Invicta FC and is currently a flyweight division fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Since she triumphed in her first amateur match at age 18, she has been involved in professional fights.

She acquired a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at the age of 19 and competed in the strawweight division for four years before recently switching to the flyweight division. She was a tough tomgirl who survived bullying when she was a teenager and later trained in mixed martial arts and earned a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

She is known for using powerful grappling techniques to finish off opponents. She puts relentless pressure on her opponent, regularly using dirty boxing, ground-and-pound, and a variety of clinch attacks. She has posed for brands such as Columbia Sportswear, Reebok and Nike.

She has experience in dancing and has competed in the celebrity dance reality series ‘Dancing with the Stars’ where she placed second. She defeated several other sports stars in the celebrity cooking competition ‘Chopped’, which she eventually won.

Paige VanZant Net Worth

From 2023, Paige VanZant has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. This was mainly due to her MMA career and subsequent foray into her OnlyFans style FanTime website, paigefanzant.com. VanZant won $81,000 for her first UFC win, a TKO victory over Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson.

Her biggest payout came from Maia vs. Condit at UFC on FOX where she faced Bec Rawlings. That night, PVZ returned home $132,500 richer.

Paige VanZant early life

Paige Michelle VanZant grew up in Dayton, Oregon, and was born on March 26, 1994 in Dundee, Oregon. In her parents’ dance studio, she learned to dance ballet, jazz and hip-hop for more than 13 years.

She was a tomboy in her younger days and would rather go outside than play video games or spend time on social media. Her father, who nicknamed her “12 Gauge”, loved to go hunting and fishing with her. She played boxing with her older brother and other boys in the neighborhood as the younger of two children.

She had a passion for dirt bikes and bought her first ATV when she was eight. She performed as a child actor before making her teen acting debut in a Bissell mop commercial. In high school, she competed on the college cheerleading team.

She was one of the shortest students in the school, standing just under five feet tall, and because of this, a bunch of women started bullying her. After her freshman year, her family moved to Sparks, Nevada where she attended TMCC High School until graduating in 2012.

Paige VanZant Career-The ultimate fighter

After moving to Sparks, Paige VanZant discovered Ken Shamrock’s gym, The Lion’s Den, while looking for a dance studio. She started boxing at the age of 15 on the advice of her father and switched to mixed martial arts. She achieved a submission in barely 50 seconds of her first amateur fight in April 2012.

Her coach soon got her a call for a professional fight, giving her quick access to new options. She made her professional MMA debut in June 2012 at the UWF’s “Tournament of Warriors” finals in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she defeated Jordan Nicole Gaza through a split decision.

Paige VanZant Net Worth
Paige VanZant Net Worth

Three months later at Premier Fight Series 2, she defeated Amber Stautzenberger in her second professional bout by unanimous decision. Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt, which took place on January 5, 2013 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, featured her next opponent, Tecia Torres.

She was dominated by Torres at the feet throughout the match, but was beaten by a unanimous decision. In December 2013, she unexpectedly received a call from UFC President Dana White, along with ten other women, offering her a contract for the organization’s newly created strawweight division.

She was also chosen as a cast member in the reality TV show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, though she was later fired for being underage.

Due to a back injury, Paige VanZant’s strawweight debut matched Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine in Halifax was postponed from October 4 to November 22. She received the “Fight of the Night” title and a $50,000 bonus for winning her first UFC fight in the third round by TKO.

Because of her sudden fame, VanZant, who had previously worked as a model for Nike and Columbia Sportswear, was able to sign a sponsorship deal with Reebok in February 2015.

She was criticized for only having one UFC win at the time, and Dana White defended her saying she got the deal because of her “it” factor and attitude. On April 18, 2015, in Newark, New Jersey, at UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold, she defeated Felice Herrig by unanimous decision to advance to the next round of the UFC.

She outclassed Alex Chambers on September 5 of that year with aggressive bouts and grappling, and in the third round, she defeated him with an armbar.

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She was scheduled to fight Joanne Calderwood on December 10 at UFC Fight Night 80, but Rose Namajunas ended up being her opponent and she was defeated by submission in the fifth round of a one-sided fight.

On August 27, 2016, at UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit, she made a powerful return to the ring against Bec Rawlings and won the fight via knockout in the second round. Thanks to the battle, she received her first “Performance of the Night” bonus.

On December 17, 2016, during the main event of UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson, she competed in her final Strawweight Division match against Michelle Waterson, which she lost by technical submission. In August 2017, she moved up to the 125-pound flyweight class. She will face Jessica Eye on October 7 at UFC 216.

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