Paige VanZant Turns Down Offer To Appear At WWE SummerSlam

It looks like UFC Women’s Strawweight contender and “Dancing With The Stars” runner-up Paige VanZant will not be appearing at the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event in August.

It was rumored recently that WWE was interested in having VanZant, and potentially additional UFC stars, involved in a segment at their annual SummerSlam event, which is scheduled to feature Brock Lesnar’s WWE return following his Octagon comeback against Mark Hunt at UFC 200.

On Thursday, however, UFC announced VanZant’s next Octagon assignment, her first fight since competing on “Dancing With The Stars,” as she will fight TUF veteran Bec Rawlings at the UFC On FOX 21 event in August. According to VanZant, she would be interested in doing something with WWE in the future, but as far as August is concerned, her focus is on her fight with Rawlings.

“Fighting definitely comes first.” She added, “Right now I’m 100 percent fight-focused and I would love to participate in anything the WWE has to offer when the timing’s right as long as it works with my fight schedule. I love WWE and if they ever reached out to me again I would love to work with them but right now I’m focused on Bec Rawlings.”

The VanZant-Rawlings bout joins Anthony Pettis’ UFC featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira as two of the officially announced bouts for the UFC On FOX 21 event, which goes down live from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 27.

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