Just three fights into her UFC tenure and Paige VanZant has the power to negotiate a new contract with the MMA juggernaut.
Undefeated in her first three trips to the Octagon and one of the promotion’s fastest rising stars, VanZant still had one fight left on her current deal, but her manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., told UFC Tonight on Wednesday that his client was hopeful of inking a new deal before inking her next fight.
As it happened, she did both at the same time.
“Just signed a new UFC deal and got my next fight lined up,” VanZant wrote Thursday on Twitter.
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) September 17, 2015
She didn’t reveal whom she would be fighting next, but sitting at No. 6 in the UFC strawweight division, VanZant is sure to get a step up in competition.
VanZant stopped fellow debutant Kailin Curran in her first UFC bout, dominated veteran Felice Herrig in the sophomore effort, and then submitted Alex Chambers in her latest trip to the cage.
Frequently drawing comparisons to Ronda Rousey, VanZant, 21, has consistently stated that she is in no hurry to rush into a title fight, but she’s most likely going to draw a top-name opponent in her next bout.