Team Alpha Male head Urijah Faber isn’t sure if Paige VanZant will be returning to his camp or not.
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant has plenty going on outside of the Octagon, but a recent move to Oregon has her future with Team Alpha Male up in the air. VanZant had worked with Urijah Faber and his team for a few years, including her UFC run, but Faber isn’t sure whether she’ll be returning to his team for training camps or not at this rate. He spoke to Submission Radio about the situation:
“Yeah, I just talked to Paige this morning. We’re not exactly sure what Paige is planning on doing for her fight camps. You know, she’s always welcome here and I may go out there and help her. She did move to Oregon where she’s from originally, I mean, that’s where her family’s from and everything. She bought a house and that’s her home place. And Lance Palmer, he’s a guy who comes and trains with us who’s going to be commuting. He’s moved back to Ohio but he’s doing his camps out with us. But I’m not sure what she’s planning on doing. I’ve been helping her make sure that wherever she goes she gets training in, and Chael Sonnen has been helping her get set up out there with some training. So we’re not exactly sure what she’s going to do about her camps. We have a lot of people that come and do the camps with us and she’s welcome, but I don’t think she’s made a decision necessarily on that.”
With that being said, Faber has no problem with the fact that she might want to work with another camp:
“I’d be fine with it. To be honest, she’s had so much on her plate from the dancing with the stars ordeal to all of her obligations. She really would be in camp for six, seven weeks at the most for a steady stay on things, so we’re kind of use to that with her. And like I said, she’s always welcome, but we have a great relationship. However she needs my assistance, whether it’s to come out and train with her or to have her come train here or to hook her up with someone else wherever she’s going, she has that ability to lean on me for that. So she’s more than welcome obviously and it’s just kind of up to her.”
He also spoke about her future, including the option of early retirement to focus to her entertainment ventures:
“I wouldn’t put it past her. I mean in all honesty, I think she’s doing this sport because she loves it along with the rest of us, but it’s time in versus what you get out, and that’s a decision she’ll have to make on her own. But I know there’s gonna be a lot of opportunities for her. She’s a talented girl. Luckily for her she’s stayed in shape all year around and takes this sport very seriously on top of juggling a lot of things, so I would hope without a doubt there will be all sorts of opportunities for her and I would think that’s gonna happen for sure. I don’t know about when she’s gonna transition out from the sport completely, but there’s options for sure.”
VanZant (7-3, 4-2 UFC) is coming off a submission loss to Michelle Waterson in December, was the runner-up on season 22 of Dancing With The Stars last year.