Ex-UFC star Paige VanZant set to make brutal bare-knuckle fight debut on February 5 before Super Bowl

PAIGE VANZANT is set to make her anticipated bare-knuckle debut two days before the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LV is currently scheduled for February 7 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship promoter David Feldman confirmed VanZant will make her debut over that weekend.

And he hopes to steal some attention from the NFL finale coverage before the fight.

Feldman told MMAFighting: "We’re going to do the Friday before the Super Bowl, right around the Super Bowl, where it’s going to be.

“It’s going to be a great event for us. We’re going to do Friday, February 5, Paige VanZant, that will be her debut for us.

“I think it’s really going to be a really good coming out party for Paige’s debut and for BKFC in general to be around the mainstream sports media.

“Every sports media in the world will be there, and I think we’re going to get the attention of a lot of them that weekend.

“It’s going to be a great weekend for us and a great debut for Paige VanZant.”

An opponent is yet to be secured for 26-year-old VanZant, who will occupy a headline slot on the fight card.

Feldman said: “She’ll definitely be in the top two [fights].

“Either the main event or the co-main event, we’re not 100 percent sure yet. It depends on who takes what fight.

"We’re going to know that in the next two or three weeks.

“Once we have that card completely solidified, we’ll make that decision, but she’s got to be near the top of it or at the top because she’s going to be in every combat sports headline around for that one.

"So we have to give her her due.”

VanZant signed for BKBFC after her UFC contract expired, as she walked away with an 8-5 MMA record.


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The American star has never boxed professionally before, creating even bigger intrigue ahead of her switch to the brutal side of bare-knuckle.

Her transition will be documented in a BKBFC series giving fans an inside look at her switch in fighting codes.

Feldman revealed:  “We’re going to do a special series about her. It’s going to be called Paige VanZant: Ungloved.

"We’re going to do a behind the scenes of her getting ready for this fight, her home life and everything leading up to this journey and ultimately her first fight with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships on Feb 5.”

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