Paige VanZant’s BKFC debut was on February 5, 2021 on Tampa, Florida. Is been reported that the pay-per-view numbers were horrible.
According to the Wrestling Observer, the fight only sold 5,000 pay-per-views on TV. Other reports state that the event sold roughly 20k pay-per-views. If these numbers are cottect that means the event only sold roughly 25k here in the States.
Paige VanZant did claim that BKFC was paying her 10 times more than what she was making with the UFC. She stated that she was only making $40k to show and $40k to win.
“I’m here for a reason. I was in the UFC for six years getting paid $40,000 (to show) and $40,000 (to win). Now I’m getting 10 times that doing what I love.” VanZant continues, “So, obviously, I’m not going anywhere. I’m very happy fighting here and I’m excited to fight.”
This is a bad investment for BKFC since VanZant claimed she made $400,000 at BKFC: Knucklemania. Paige VanZant is expected to fight this summer against the newly-signed Rachael Ostovich. Will we see the better numbers this time around?
BKFC: Knucklemania results:
Britain Hart def. Paige VanZant via unanimous decision
Dat Nguyen def. Johnny Bedford via unanimous decision – to win bantamweight title
Chris Leben def. Quentin Henry via knockout (punches) in Round 1, 1:07
Martin Brown def. Zach Zane via TKO (punches) in Round 2, 1:28
Lorenzo Hunt def. Rob Morrow via knockout (punches) in Round 4, 2:00
John Chalbeck def. Greg Bono via knockout (punch) in Round 3, 0:28
Haim Gozali def. John McCallister via knockout (punches) in Round 2, 1:08
Dillon Cleckler def. Chris Jensen via TKO (body punch) in Round 1, 0:24
Charisa Sigala vs. Taylor Starling via unanimous decision
Travis Thompson def. Dave Morgan via TKO in Round 2, 0:22
Jarod Grant def. Brandon Lambert via knockout in Round 3, 1:11
Jeff Bailey def. Drew Lipton via knockout in Round 1, 1:32
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