The popular 26-year-old fighter, who is still in an exclusive negotiating period with the UFC, has since reacted to those comments.
“It’s unfortunate because I feel like I have a really good relationship with Dana,” VanZant told MMA Fighting. “I feel like I thought we were closer friends and he could text me or call me. Something to have a little bit of compassion, something to communicate with me personally but maybe he will. We just don’t know. I’m sure it’s an uncomfortable situation.
“Dana’s comments, what I’m hearing you say, he wants me to test free agency then hopefully they just let me go then,” VanZant said. “If that’s how they feel, then they’ll just let me be free.”