'Absolutely not': Paige VanZant slaps down X-Rated fan requests

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, former UFC pin-up Paige VanZant poses for photos.
Paige VanZant says she's fielded plenty of offers to start up an OnlyFans account. Pic: Instagram

Paige VanZant is certainly no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing herself. But it seems there's a line she's unwilling to cross.

The former UFC pin-up is just as well known around the world for her risque posts on social media as she was for her prowess inside the Octagon.

Perhaps more so.

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The 26-year-old - now part of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship - boasts some 2.6 million followers on Instagram.

During the height of lockdown, she left her followers in a spin by posting a series of naked snaps with husband and MMA fighter, Austin Vanderford.

The pair always managed to cover their private parts in the series of cheeky pics.

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VanZant says that's about where she draws a line after revealing that she's been offered money from fans for more naked pictures.

The fighter confessed on a recent Q&A with her husband, that she'd turned down requests to start up an OnlyFans account.

“Austin and I did a fan question [session] where you guys could write in,” she said.

“There were 200 questions and about 20 of them were ‘Hey, why don’t you make an OnlyFans?’

“Basically, I said, ‘I’m not going to make an OnlyFans but if you really want to send me money and you appreciate the things I post on Instagram, you can Venmo me.

Paige VanZant is seen her hitting a punching bag and posing for a swimsuit photo shoot.
Paige VanZant said she made more money outside of the Octagon than in it when she fought in UFC. Pic: Instagram

“I was like, ‘go ahead and send me money so you can show me appreciation.

“I did have a lot of people Venmo me, which I did not expect to happen. Five or 10 people sent me money and thought that they would be receiving an explicit picture.

“That was absolutely not what was going to happen.

“I’m sorry for the confusion and for anybody who sent me money, hoping to get nudes or anything like that.

“The point is, I’m not doing an OnlyFans because I’m not going to do that kind of stuff.

“I went and donated all the money that was sent to me to a charity here in Florida because it just felt weird.

“It was a dumb joke but no, I’m not going to make an OnlyFans. End of that – don’t send me any money.

“And I definitely do not judge any males, any females who are on OnlyFans.

“It’s just not for me at this stage of my life, so everybody who keeps asking on social media, you’re not going to convince me.”

Star has lucrative career outside of fighting

VanZant has previously revealed that she made more money from social media and appearing on shows such as Dancing With the Stars, as she did fighting in the UFC.

The 26-year-old stunned the fight world when she quit the UFC to pursue a new career in bare knuckle fighting earlier in the year.

Paige VanZant is seen here in a photo shoot and on Dancing With the Stars.
Paige VanZant has been part of Sports Illustrated shoots as well as appearing on reality TV show Dancing With the Stars. Pic: Instagram

VanZant claimed she earnt just US $46,000 per fight in the UFC, with another $46,000 if she wins.

“I’m not going to hide that because everyone knows. I can make way more money than that just promoting brands on Instagram, and that should say something,” she said at the time.

“Why would I step away from all the amazing success that I have? I made more money from ‘Dancing with the Stars’ than I have in my entire UFC career combined – every fight, every win, every bonus.

“Nothing matters to me except this fight and it’s a clean slate for me. I'm just excited to go out there and prove my value to absolutely everybody. And I think that fighting is how I do that.”

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