Paige VanZant horrified as fans pay ex-UFC star for nude photos – only to be rebuffed as she declares ‘I’m not doing an OnlyFans’
Paige VanZant admitted she was shocked fans started to inundate her with money in the hope of receiving nude photos.
The former UFC flyweight often posts racy photo shoots with husband Austin Vanderford on her Instagram page.
Despite signing for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, VanZant is regularly asked by sections of her 2.7 million Instagram followers if she will be pursuing a career in modelling.
VanZant regularly asks fans to send her questions on the social media site, but she did not expect to see so many asking about her ventures outside of the cage even though she was promoting BKFC.
“Austin and I did a fan question [session] where you guys could write in,” she explained, reacting with apparent surprise to the response she had received.
“There were 200 questions and about 20 of them were ‘hey, why don’t you make an OnlyFans?’
“Basically, I said, ‘I’m not going to make an OnlyFans but if you really want to send me money and you appreciate the things I post on Instagram, you can VenMo me.
“I was like, ‘go ahead and send me money so you can show me appreciation.
“I did have a lot of people Venmo me, which I did not expect to happen.
“Five or ten people sent me money and thought that they would be receiving an explicit picture.
“That was absolutely not what was going to happen. I’m sorry for the confusion and for anybody who sent me money, hoping to get nudes or anything like that.
“The point is, I’m not doing an OnlyFans because I’m not going to do that kind of stuff.”
Despite admitting she earned more in her career from posting pictures than throwing punches with the UFC, VanZant is adamant she will not join the site, which allows content creators to earn money from subscribers.
Although it is popular with sex workers, content creators from other genres can earn a living such as musicians, fitness experts and chefs.
VanZant was cut from the UFC in July after her defeat to Amanda Ribas on Fight Island, but revealed she had donated the money she earned from fans to animal charities in Florida.
“I went and donated all the money that was sent to me to a charity here in Florida because it just felt weird, I don’t know,” she said.
“It was a dumb joke but no, I’m not going to make an OnlyFans. End of that – don’t send me any money.
“And I definitely do not judge any males, any females who are on OnlyFans. It’s just not for me at this stage of my life, so everybody who keeps asking on social media, you’re not going to convince me.”