Paige VanZant has shown off the brutal consequences of her Bare Knuckle boxing debut after getting beaten up by Britain Hart in KnuckleMania on Saturday.
In her first fight without gloves, VanZant was picked apart by Hart before landing some heavy shots of her own in a wild fifth round before Hart was handed the victory via a unanimous judges’ decision (49-46 x3).
The 26-year-old was spotted with a pulped up left cheek during the fight and needed a nasty cut under her eye treated in between rounds during the fight.
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Paige VanZant battered by Britain Hart in BKFC debut
She revealed the full extent of the injuries on Sunday with some less than flattering posts on Instagram.
She captioned one photo of her battered left eye socket: “Humble in victory. Humble in defeat”.
She posted another photo the morning after her defeat, looking a little better.
“I am Paige Mother F***ing VanZant. I don’t quit when s*** get tough. I’m in this for the long haul and I don’t give a f*** what any of you have to say about it,” she wrote.
She had earlier released a statement through the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship admitting she contemplated retirement immediately after the fight.
“Last night I told my husband I didn’t want to fight any more,” she said in the statement.
“But as soon as the words left my lips I knew that wasn’t true. I’m a fighter. This is what I live for. Losers quit when they fail, winners fail until they succeed.