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Sultry slugger Paige VanZant is claiming that her Only Fans-style account has finally made her financially secure.
The former UFC star turned professional wrestler has long moaned about the low pay in MMA — particularly for its female stars.
“I was in the UFC for six years, I’ve been fighting for eight years, and it’s finally paying off,” VanZant, 28, told MMA Fighting. “This year finally paid off to where I’m feeling comfortable with my life.”
After a less-than-illustrious foray into the bloody world of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships, she has moved into wrestling. But much of her money is now coming from her fansite where punters pay a premium for exclusive photos and videos.
“There was always this back and forth,” VanZant said of her Fan Time site.
“There’s two sides of it. I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I would lose business opportunities based on having an exclusive content site, but I feel like I’m already seen as a sex symbol in the sports world. I might as well have the monetization behind it. I wanted to do it on my own terms. So I actually joined Fan Time, it’s a separate company.”
She added: “I’m not with OnlyFans. It’s PaigeFanZant.com and it’s my own website and I have a lot of control over what goes on there. It’s basically me doing exclusive things. I’m proud to say I’m part of it.
“I work hard for my body. I work hard for who I am, and there’s a side of me that’s extremely girly and feminine, and I get to share that on my fansite. Now I think it’s becoming a lot more acceptable.”
She added that OnlyFans was more intended for strippers and porn stars and she didn’t want that image.