Former UFC star Paige VanZant to make brutal Bare Knuckle boxing debut at BKFC 16 against Britain Hart on February 5

PAIGE VANZANT will make her Bare Knuckle boxing debut against Britain Hart at BKFC 16 on February 5.

The American was cut by the UFC last summer, after suffering a third defeat in four when submitted by Amanda Ribas on Fight Island.

With VanZant having previously complained about her UFC salary, Dana White took a parting shot at the former star.

Bellator, for whom her husband Austin Vanderford fights, reportedly came calling for VanZant, 26.

But she raised eyebrows in the MMA world, by signing with BKFC.

Her first round loss to Ribas had been VanZant's first fight in 18 months.

And in her new venture, she wants to prove that she's not just a 'pretty face'.

After signing with the promotion, she said: "I feel like I still have this stigma in MMA that I’m just a pretty face, and what a way to prove to people that’s not the way I see myself at all.

“This is a sport where people probably have the highest rate of getting cut open, and having long term scars is definitely something that I’m not even worried about for me.”

She added: "I actually had no idea that I would have so many (promotions) come with such big offers.

“I knew I would get the big players in the game, like Bellator or ONE, but I actually had five or six huge, solid promotions that I had to decide on.

“For me, at this moment in my career, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship was the one that fit best."

In Hart, she'll face a 30-year-old fighter with a 4-3-3 record.

The Utah native won her last bout back in November, when she beat Randine Elkholm at BKFC 14 in Florida.

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