Paige VanZant has reflected on her bare-knuckle boxing defeat to Britain Hart at last Friday’s KnuckleMania pay-per-view event.
VanZant (8-5-0 MMA, 0-1 BKFC) was unsuccessful in her BKFC debut in the main event of KnuckleMania, losing to Britain Hart by way of a unanimous decision. The 26-year-old reflected on the defeat during a recent appearance on Sirius XM’s Knuckle Up Radio.
“For me, honestly, there’s a few things I’m going to take away from it and go back to my gym and adjust and learn. It was a really big learning process throughout the fight. As the rounds went, I feel I was kind of finding my rhythm and finding my groove and kind of understanding what was working, what wasn’t. Stepping into an entirely different sport really and not being able to fully train this sport unless you fight. You can’t really box bare-knuckle in the gym. It was an adjustment period.” she said.
“It sucks. It’s unfortunate. I’m not happy that I lost ever, it’s the biggest letdown in the world but I know it’s not going to shake me. It’s not going to define me. I know with my performance what I did wrong and I can go back and learn and get better and what an inspiration I hope to other people who are questioning if they belong in something or trying something new and have that question like ‘what if I fail?’ Yeah, what if you fail? It’s fine. It’s not a big deal. Failure happens everyday. It happens to some athletes on the biggest stages with the biggest audience and guess what? You go home to your family and you start over.” she continued.
Also known as “12 Gauge”, VanZant says she is keen to fight again and has asked for an April return to the bare-knuckle boxing ring.
“I actually told my manager and told [BKFC President] Dave Feldman that I want to fight in April. I don’t think it’s going to take me long. I want to ride the momentum. I know the adjustments that I need to make are very small and now my mindset knows what to expect. I want to continue on like that round five. I want one more round. I want that one more round to happen as soon as possible.” she said.
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