Paige VanZant has admitted she was ready to quit bare-knuckle boxing after her debut defeat – before performing an almost instant U-turn.
VanZant was beaten on points by Britain Hart in her first outing since signing with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
The former UFC star won only one of the five rounds on Friday night as her coming out party ended with a whimper.
And VanZant, who had a record of 5-4 in the UFC, admitted she told her husband in the immediate aftermath that she was ready to quit.
“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear our defeat without losing heart,” she wrote on Instagram. “Last night I told my husband I didn’t want to fight any more 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. That fight last night was a good learning experience for me.
“The timing and distance took a little bit to figure out but I felt my last round was my best round and I’m going to build off of that!
“I’m thankful to fight for the best team in the world and we are going to go back and fix our mistakes. Thank you to Britain for competing last night and congrats on victory! I’m also confident we will cross paths again.”
VanZant signed for BKFC after being offered a huge pay rise following her decision to leave the UFC.
She revealed she was being paid $400,000 for her debut fight, 10 times as much as she made for a single bout in mixed martial arts.
Referring to her husband, Austin Vanderford, she later added: “I love this man more than anything on earth.
“Thank you so much for constantly supporting me and reminding me who the f*** I am. I am Paige motherf****** 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.”