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Midnight Mania! Paige VanZant reveals ‘Soul of a Lion’ tattoo, internet reacts

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MMA fighters and bad tattoos, a combination as successful as peanut butter and chocolate. That’s said without judgement, too, speaking as the professional fighter with a diamond carved into the sole of his foot. The longstanding trend makes it clear that getting questionable tattoos is a hard urge to resist for those who get punched in the face for money. Just to name a few examples over the years, there’s iffy ink of famous flying knees, brand-elevating skull helmets, and of course, a certain homage to the great Johnny Cash.

That’s not even the worst of it.

There is some great artwork circling the MMA world as well, like this Joe Rogan piece or the rather accurate portrait of Urijah Faber. Ultimately, it’s all up for debate whether work is good or bad, particularly online where every little detail will be analyzed and harshly critiqued.

Ex-UFC fighter and current bare knuckle boxer Paige VanZant is the latest to open herself up to such judgement, revealing new ink along the tops of her knuckles.

In the caption, VanZant wrote, “‘Heart of a Warrior, Soul of a Lion.’ No one can ever deny how much heart I have in my fights. At times I’ll drop everything I have ever learned and fight with nothing but pride, which doesn’t always lead to the best outcome. This is a reminder to myself, I already have the heart and soul all I need to do is take care of the rest. thanks for the work @_Zack_aaron_tattoo_”

Fan reaction in the comments is ... mixed, to say the least. The words “dumbest” and stupidest” are thrown about, and one commenter ponders, “Isn’t it heart of lion and soul of warrior?”

At the moment, VanZant’s fighting future is “up in the air.” She’s largely ruled out any return to UFC, but she remains signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and recently began working with AEW as a professional wrestler as well.


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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