Recently, UFC women’s strawweight contender Paige VanZant was the subject of much criticism for a recent video she posted to her Instagram in which she could be seen starring in what many believed to be a rather provocative Reebok promo.
The ‘promo’, and VanZant, both received quite a bit of criticism online, and the video was subsequently removed from VanZant’s Instagram. While the UFC contender was quiet on the matter, many, including former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, came out and supported VanZant.
Now, in an interview with MMAFighting, VanZant spoke about the video, as well as the backlash she faced as a result of the video, saying:
“Actually, I haven’t seen anything that people responded, so I post things and just kinda forget about it,” VanZant said with a laugh. “Definitely it was funny. I never anticipated that kind of reaction, so I had no idea. My manager, my mom, somebody told me about it. But, no, I just thought it was funny.”
I pretty much kind of do whatever I want,” she said. “It was me being funny, I thought.”
In regards to the video being deleted off of VanZant’s social media page after it was originally posted, the strawweight passed the blame on to her mother, who she says deleted the video:
“No, I didn’t even delete it,” VanZant said. “Somebody else, I don’t know how. I think my mom deleted it, so it’s my mom being a mom.”
VanZant of course has been absent from the Octagon since her December loss to Michelle Waterson, which saw her return to the loss column following a highlight reel KO win over Bec Rawlings, which saw VanZant return to the win column once again
So far no word as to when she will be returning to the Octagon for her next fight.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/10/2017.