Paige VanZant has revealed she is losing money because the UFC no longer provide her with insurance for her arm injury.
The flyweight is preparing to face Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 on ‘Fight Island’ knowing her career in the octagon may well be coming to an end.
At the age of 26, VanZant has just one more fight left on her current deal and then is planning to bet on herself to secure a more lucrative deal and determine her value, even if it means fighting elsewhere.
“I feel like I am betting on myself here,” VanZant told MMA Fighting. “You don’t know your value until you test it. I want to know what people see my value as.
“I feel like more than ever, especially with me hurting myself, that if I’m going to be a professional fighter, I need it to be worth it for me.
“It needs to be worth me breaking my arm everyday and walking into the cage and bleeding and sacrificing.”
She first broke her arm in her first fight at 125lbs against Jessica-Rose Clark in 2018 and has suffered numerous complications.
VanZant returned with a win over Rachel Ostovich last year but has not fought since. Now given his little she feels as though she is being paid, the lack of protection she feels she gets from the UFC is starting to hurt her financially as well as physically.
“If I have any more problems with my arm, they aren’t covered by the UFC,” VanZant explained.
“They only cover up to a year after your injury date and then you have to pay.
“I don’t have my own health insurance, which is awful, but it’s expensive.
“A year after my injury, I went to go get another doctor’s opinion for my arm to make sure it’s all good and they’re like ‘your insurance is not covered anymore because the UFC only covers up to a year after your injury date.’
“So I was like oh no, here we go. Now I have to think about getting health insurance to cover my arm injury that I broke in the UFC.”