After a devastating loss last weekend, UFC fighter Kay Hansen was released from the UFC. At only 22 years of age, she has a lot of fighting left in her and there is no reason she won’t be able to return to the organization in the future. However, it is strange that a fighter with her talents would lose three-straight fights after an impressive UFC debut submission victory over veteran fighter Jinh Yu Frey. Upon combing the dark worlds of MMA twitter, Hansen released a statement stating that any claims about her OnlyFans page being the reason for her losing streak was simply not true. Yet, Hansen is 0-3 since the creation of her account. So one must ask, does having an OnlyFans page (or equivalent) prohibit success in the octagon?
What is OnlyFans?
For those who don’t know, OnlyFans is a paid subscription site which is commonly used to sell explicit content/adult entertainment. With the multiple claims and evidence of low pay in MMA, several female fighters have used the site as another source of income. Let’s take a look at fighters with explicit content and their records.
Let’s look at the proof
First up is Jessica Andrade. The former UFC Strawweight Champion created an OnlyFans page in June 2021 and has claimed she “paid for her house in Brazil, her car and several months of rent” with her revenue. She is 1-0 with a victory over Cynthia Calvillo. Success!
Next is Jessica Eye, the former title contender created her page in March of 2021.She is 0-1. Not great.
Paige VanZant, the “girl next door” for the UFC for many years made a paid subscription page in early 2021. At this time, she was signed by BKFC where she has gone 0-2 since. She is now signed to All Elite Wrestling.
Emily Whitmire is 0-1 in MMA after starting hers. Former title contender Claudia Gadelha is 0-1 after starting hers.
Quite frankly, Hansen is the best example we have. However, fighters like Rachael Ostovich and Valerie Loureda (who both have paid subscription pages) have failed to capitalize on the push their respective organizations have organized for them. Many fighters with OnlyFans pages either haven’t competed in a while or have failed to compete in 2022 (besides Hansen). The numbers don’t look great but it’s something bigger than just finding a correlation.
Maybe it’s not OnlyFans but the reasoning behind creating one
Most pages were created after the initial lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. From an athlete’s point of view, very few male pages have been created compared to their female counterparts. Women from various sports including soccer, basketball and of course fighting have resorted to these pages for income. As we all know, the lowest paid demographic of fighters is female prospects.
Perhaps it’s not OnlyFans but something deeper. The lack of money in female fighting has led to failure in the Octagon. Maybe that’s why Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko have held their belts for so long. Yes we all know about Nunes loss but that came to someone who has maincarded and mainevented before AKA has been paid. Like Jessica Andrade said, OnlyFans paid for her living and transportation, something fighting isn’t obviously doing.
The answer for fighters like Hansen is simple. It’s not about OnlyFans or stuff like that. It’s about paychecks. Pay these women livable wages and watch their performance in the Octagon reach new heights.
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