Ex-UFC star Paige VanZant signs for WWE rivals AEW as pro wrestler

She has been a UFC star, bare knuckle fighter, social media sensation and a reality TV regular – now, Paige VanZant has decided on the latest chapter of her career.

The 27-year-old has signed on to become a professional wrestler, having made several previous appearances as a guest star.

Her manager at the American Top Team Dan Lambert announced that VanZant had signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) – a rival to WWE.

The news was confirmed by Fulham FC owner Tony Khan, who runs the promotion, on social media.

"I had offered a seventh spot in the Face of the Revolution match to 2021 winner @ScorpioSky but instead I just bartered with Dan Lambert," he wrote on Twitter.

" Scorpio Sky will challenge the winner of tonight’s three-way #AEWRampage TNT Title match this Wednesday @ Dynamite + @paigevanzant will sign with @AEW."

VanZant has now been added to the AEW Revolution card, where she is scheduled to officially sign her new contract to become part of the promotion.

It marks the start of a new chapter in the American's career after an ill-fated stint in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

Expectations were high considering her reputation, but she lost her debut fight against Britain Hart by unanimous decision last February.

She suffered another defeat in July, this time at the hands of another former UFC fighter in Rachael Ostovich.

VanZant admitted after that defeat that she was struggling with her mental health.

"When I walked out of the ring, I didn't just walk to my locker room, I literally walked all the way outside and I just went and cried in the parking lot by myself," she said.

"I said some things to my husband that are pretty terrible about like my mental state. I told him I didn't want to live anymore, that this wasn't for me anymore.

"Like life wasn't for me anymore so I was disappointed, It was hard."

One of VanZant's most recent guest appearances in AEW was last month, when she came to Lambert's aid in an argument with Brandi Rhodes.

She attacked Rhodes as soon as she entered the ring, but they were swiftly pulled apart as several referees and other competitors came rushing in to defuse the situation.

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