Paige VanZant has bravely opened up about her mental health battles and admitted that she 'didn’t want to live anymore' after losing her second bare-knuckled fight last month.
The 27-year-old was defeated by fellow ex-UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship ring in July.
VanZant has previously bested Ostovich inside of a UFC octagon in January 2019.
But her defeat to Ostovich in the BKFC was her second straight, and VanZant was quick to exit the ring following the bout.
And after initially receiving criticism for her actions, VanZant has revealed the reason for her sudden exit from the ring.
"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," VanZant said in a video.
"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."
However, it's not just her recent loss that has contributed to her battle, and she went on to speak about the pressure of being a celebrity.
"Everyone expects me to lose and everyone expects me to fail. I don’t know, I just feel like people have this specific perception of who I am and especially online.
"It’s crazy how much people can hate on a single person. I just don’t get it.
"I pride myself on being a good person. I think that’s the most important thing for me. I never talk bad about my opponents. I never say a single negative thing about their character.
"You never know what somebody’s going through. You never know what someone’s on the verge of."
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VanZant concluded: "Mental health is no joke and I need to start taking my mental health more seriously.
"Losses suck and going through hard times it’s not fun but it does get better and you can get through it and life goes on."
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