Paige VanZant shares gruesome bloody face in UFC throwback with cheeky comment

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Paige VanZant has shared a UFC throwback which shows her face covered in blood, a gruesome image that she 'at least got paid for'.

VanZant was on the books of Dana White's promotion from 2013-2020, but left last year to pursue her boxing career in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

The 27-year-old enjoyed an up-and-down MMA career, having won eight fights and lost five.

Ironically, one of her highlights came in the UFC Fight Night 80 defeat to future champion Rose Namajunas.

She demonstrated her toughness as she took significant punishment from Thug Rose, and clearly still looks back at it with fondness.

That's because the fight was the focus of her social media post in which she joked: "Everytime I get too confident I remember there's a pic of me like this."

VanZant's caption read: "Hey, at least I got paid for that face beating……. Comment your favorite life quote about not giving up below, and tag someone who needs a smile.

"Picking the top 5 for an awesome fan prize. Let’s spread some love. Life is too short be serious all the time."

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VanZant was left with nasty cuts on her face from Namajunas' attacks, but ultimately lost via submission in the fifth and final round.

Afterwards she described the fight as "awesome" on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour.

"I was just looking to see how bad the cut was or where it was, because I wasn't really sure," VanZant said back in 2015.

"I saw it was under my eye, so it was good to go for the next five rounds or four rounds."

Since transitioning from one discipline to another in the combat sports world, the American has struggled.

Both of her fights in the ring have ended in unanimous decision defeats against Britain Hart and old UFC rival Rachael Ostovich.

VanZant could therefore be making a surprise return to MMA in 2022, with her future described as "up in the air" earlier this year.

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