UFC: Paige VanZant And Husband Have COVID-19 In Strange Turn Of Events

Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant is one of the more recognizable faces in the female divisions of the UFC, but despite that fame, she can’t catch a break career wise. She was submitted in the first round in her last fight after recovering from her third career fractured arm, and now, it looks like she’s been hit with another ailment: COVID-19.

That might keep her out of her scheduled debut for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. It’s set for November, so there is still time for her to recover, but it doesn’t look like VanZant is doing the best right now at this moment in time.

She’s not the only one in her household to have the disease. Her husband, Austin Vanderford, was set to fight in Bellator but was removed from the Bellator 246 card because of testing positive. According to VanZant, Vanderford is the one that caused her to pick up the disease herself, and she spoke on Instagram about her condition.

Vanderford may have passed the virus to VanZant

VanZant took to Instagram recently and in the post, she makes the claim that the virus came from her husband, Bellator fighter Austin Vanderford. She also went to YouTube about it and uploaded a video called “MY HUSBAND GAVE ME COVID!!” which covers the same thing.

Interestingly enough, this is the second time that Vanderford has had a positive diagnosis.

“I’ve taken like 12 Advil today, because I have a migraine so bad that I feel like my head’s going to explode,” VanZant said in the video.

Fortunately for her career however, the virus seems to run its course in most people quickly enough that it may not pull her away from her debut fight with BKFC which is still set for November. With that being said, it looks like VanZant’s symptoms are pretty strong at the moment, so one can only hope the situation doesn’t get more serious than it is right now.

Paige VanZant close to deal with Bare Knuckle FC?

Paige VanZant

Bare Knuckle FC is reportedly close to landing a deal which would secure their most main stream star yet. According to MMA reporter, Mike Russell, Paige VanZant is nearing a deal with Bare Knuckle FC.

Shortly after that news came out, Eric Kowal, who works for Bare Knuckle FC said on Twitter that he could confirm talks, but nothing was close at this time.

Bare Knuckle FC and PVZ is an odd marriage

If the deal comes together between VanZant and Bare Knuckle, I would be incredible surprised. PVZ is coming off of a loss to Amanda Ribas back at UFC 251 in the last fight of her contract.

UFC president Dana White said that it would be wise for VanZant to test the free agent market. PVZ had been vocal about getting paid more for Instagram posts versus her UFC fights.

Bare Knuckle FC was founded back in 2018. Since the promotion has opened it’s doors, it has welcomed many UFC veterans from Chris Leben to Hector Lombard to Artem Lobov. They even featured former boxing champion, Paulie Malignaggi.

Signing VanZant would be a smart move by Bare Knuckle as they attempt to become a little more mainstream. While PVZ is not one of the best in the world, she would bring additional eyes to Bare Knuckle.

When VanZan’s contract ran up, I made the assumption that she would sign with Bellator given the interest from Scott Coker and the fact that her husband, Austin Vanderford, also fights for Bellator.

We don’t know any of the details at this time, but if Bare Knuckle is getting close to a deal, my guess is they are offering a very high number for PVZ.