Former UFC strawweight, Paige VanZant, experienced her second straight Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) loss against Rachael Ostovich in the main event of BKFC 19 on Saturday. VanZant was the favorite to win as the two ladies had previously fought in the UFC and VanZant was victorious by submission.
VanZant was landing her jab early, but it was no match for Ostovich’s devastating right overhand that landed at will and unanswered. Ostovich definitively won the fight by unanimous decision.
As Ostovich was declared the winner, VanZant stomped out of the ring backstage and was not in good spirits. VanZant did not attend the post-fight press conference either.
After much criticism, VanZant finally reappeared on social media after her loss and made her message pretty loud and clear showing some gnarly bruising on her hands.
Along with the photos of her flipping the bird, VanZant released the following statement:
“Guess what bitches???!! I’m still smiling!!! My story is full of setbacks, road blocks and detours. But, it is also filled with major comebacks, peace in my soul and a grace that saved my life. I promise you this, I would endure this pain everyday of my life over the pain of regret. I am going to keep chasing my dream one step at a time. 99.9% of the people on earth would not dare do what I do. This story will be even better then my first. And if you haven’t read my book before click the link in my bio. That is real pain. This is just a bad chapter. And to anyone out there struggling. Pain is only for a moment. The world may be dark and love to hate on you, but darkness does not drive out darkness only light can do that. So DO NOT STOP SHINING!!!!”
No word yet on if she’ll fight another bare-knuckle boxing match again.