Taylor Starling responds to critics about having fan site: ‘If you don’t pay my bills, your opinion doesn’t mean s*** to me’

Being knowledgeable fighter isn’t all the time as profitable because it seems, which is why BKFC breakout star Taylor Starling has joined fighters reminiscent of Paige VanZant and Bec Rawlings in creating an unique fan website.

Starling is about to problem Christine Ferea for the BKFC flyweight title this Saturday at BKFC 28 in Albuquerque. “Killa Bee” has had to take care of critics with reference to how she has supplemented her combating profession along with her fan website, which has helped her deal with combating full-time, as opposed to having to work a number of jobs exterior of the gymnasium.

“I always say to people, if you don’t pay my bills, and you don’t put food in my kids’ mouths, your opinion [doesn’t mean] s*** to me,” Starling instructed MMA Combating. “I hate it, and if folks don’t need to do it, or you suppose that it’s incorrect so you wouldn’t do this, I perceive. However on the identical time, to do this to comply with your goals, comply with your profession and make s*** occur, to sit and say that you wouldn’t do one thing as simple as having a fan website, or an OnlyFans, [this is for me] to have the opportunity to do what [I] genuinely need to do.

“Before my fan site, I was working a full-time job, and I had two part-time jobs where I would have to work on the weekends, and then somehow manage to find time to train in-between that. The fan site was not something I was super eager to do, but I knew I wanted to become a better fighter, be able to fully train, and give my all to fighting, so I thought, ‘Oh, man, I’m going to do it.’ And thankfully I took that leap of faith.”

Whereas websites like OnlyFans and FanTime present content material that may appear a bit risqué at instances, and Starling’s does as properly, she believes it additionally provides the followers that take pleasure in and comply with her combating profession the prospect to converse along with her on a extra private stage.

To her, that’s an important side of the location.

“People think that having a fan site is just selling naked pictures and stuff like that, but you can go on there and have a more personal conversation with your fans,” Starling stated. “It doesn’t all the time have to revolve round sexuality. There’s individuals who go on there that simply take pleasure in my battle profession that simply need to say hey, and get a response again as a result of Instagram and Fb filters so much.

“Some folks simply need to have a dialog and say, ‘Hey Taylor,’ or Paige VanZant, and that is for me to have the opportunity to absolutely give myself to combating. There are occasions I lie awake at evening and I’m like, ‘This isn’t what I’d actually like to be making my Money doing,’ however sadly, folks have this concept that when you’re knowledgeable fighter that you’re some wealthy millionaire, and that’s simply not the way in which that it goes. You’ve gotten to construct up to that. You’ve gotten to earn it and work onerous, however you can’t do this until you’re giving your self up to it absolutely.

“It used to bother me way more a year ago when I started it and people would come after me about it, but now, everybody’s naked at the end of the day, everybody’s got their own demons,” Starling continued. “I’m able to train full-time, my kids are fed, my bills are paid, and I still get to continue to do what I love. Why would I give a s*** what anyone has to say about that?”

Starling has received all three of her BKFC appearances to arrange the title conflict with Ferea, who captured the inaugural title with a unanimous choice win over Britain Hart at KnuckleMania 2 in February.

Ought to Starling knock off Ferea, win the title, and start to increase paydays competing for the promotion, she says she would proceed on with the fan website — extra so to proceed that relationship with battle followers which have supported her journey.

“Of course there’s a part of me that would want to give it up, but like I said, aside from the sexy content and stuff like that, you get to really connect with people that are just fans and just want to support [you],” Starling defined. “I might possibly dial it again some … and having a fan website actually is like having a full-time job. You’ve gotten to continuously be on there responding to folks, speaking to folks, doing completely different content material day-after-day.

“But I would keep it because there are people on there who want to support me, want to talk to me, and want to be on there, and that’s really cool. I’ve already gone this far, why would I take it away?”

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