Paige VanZant Passes on WWE And “Kickboxer” To Focus On Fight
Fox Sports – Paige VanZant has decided to forgo opportunities with the WWE and an appearance in the upcoming “Kickboxer” sequel to focus on her newly-booked UFC fight against Bec Rawlings Aug. 27.
VanZant just accepted a bout with the Australian-born strawweight for the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card in Vancouver, which will put the “Dancing With the Stars” runner-up into training through the summer.
Because of her schedule, VanZant opted to turn down an offer she had pending to appear at WWE SummerSlam on Aug. 21, as well as a small role in “Kickboxer: Retaliation” that was expected to film in Thailand this summer.
“Fighting definitely comes first. I’ve recently declined to be in the ‘Kickboxer’ movie because I want to be 100 percent for this fight and train 100 percent, and filming that movie was kind of going to get in the way,” VanZant told ESPN on Thursday. “We couldn’t get a date set that worked with my fight schedule.”
I am not a 100% sure this is the right call for Paige. She is going to realize getting punched in the face is way worse than being a movie star. She needs to start building her brand (outside of fighting) especially since she has a ton of momentum coming off Dancing with the Stars. I realize you need to be focused when you are fighting but I also realize your brain takes a beating, your body takes a beating and most people have a short shelf life. I just hope she doesn’t lose a couple of fights and squander the opportunity to make a living in Hollywood.