In her recent post to Instagram, UFC starlet Paige VanZant has taken an indirect, but pretty clear, shot at UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes after he criticized female fighters for getting by on their looks.

Blaydes caused controversy when he stated that certain female fighters were only being promoted based on their looks, rather than their abilities inside the cage.

In a series of social media posts, Blaydes directly named VanZant and Rachael Ostovich as examples of fighters he felt were on the UFC roster more for their photogenic qualities than their fighting skills.

“So you telling me Paige Vanzant and Rachel Osto-whatever actually deserve time remain on the UFC’s roster for their ‘athletic achievements’ and their not just on cards for their sex appeal?” he mused.

“Cause if I’m wrong about that then I guess the whole premise of my original statement is wrong and I apologize but if you’re a legit fan of MMA you couldn’t possibly believe the two females I mentioned are on the roster for anything other than the fact they look good in bikinis.”

He also criticized former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez, who now fights for all-female MMA promotion Invicta FC.

“Yeah I know of Pearl she’s another one who’s not a very good fighter but stays relevant cause she’s constantly posting bikini training pics, her skills are exactly what they were 5 years ago a brawler with terrible footwork and decent grappling. Too many females in the athletic industry are getting by on being sexy not actually being good at their craft.”

Blaydes’ comments resulted in an instant riposte from Gonzalez, who slammed the UFC heavyweight contender for his words.

And now it seems VanZant has seen the spat and offered her less confrontational response.

“Good thing we’re so pretty,” she posted to Instagram, alongside a face-off photo of herself and Ostovich ahead of their bout in January 2019.

Good thing we’re so pretty. It’s going to make when we punch each other in the face hurt a lot less….. but that much HOTTER. #prettyANDstrong

A post shared by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) on May 2, 2020 at 9:04pm PDT

Did anyone call for a sexy @si_swimsuit photo???? ??

A post shared by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) on Apr 28, 2020 at 12:45pm PDT

“It’s going to make when we punch each other in the face hurt a lot less….. but that much HOTTER. #prettyANDstrong”

“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that you career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga

A post shared by Rachael Ostovich (@rachaelostovich) on Apr 11, 2020 at 5:17pm PDT

Gonzalez’s response was less subtle, as she went straight after Blaydes for his comments.

“A fighter complaining how my looks keep me relevant and that my skills haven’t improved. The fact you are today years old and still can’t speak a full sentence blows my mind.

“We’re both from Chicago… a city full of violence.. somewhere we need to uplift. I used to shout this man out for being from the same city as me. I used to be a fan. Why not reach out & try to help women instead of criticizing?

“You didn’t just shame me.. you shamed all women.”

Here’s to all the strong, hardworking, beautiful women that always stay true to themselves.. no matter what ANYONE has to say. “I still feel that I’m undefeated because being defeated is a choice. Everybody has losses in life, but I choose to be undefeated.” – @rondarousey ❤️✨ ?: @iamthebay #TeamGonzalez #PearlGonzalez #LetsGoChamp #KillingIt #nevernotworking

A post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez) on May 1, 2020 at 2:48pm PDT

Oh no… I posted a picture with boobs in it.. must mean I’m not working on my goals and dreams. Shame on me ? I’m sorry y’all … LOL SIKE.

A post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez) on May 2, 2020 at 8:48am PDT

She then went on to make a couple of posts on Instagram directly opposing Blaydes comments as she asserted her choice to not only chase her dreams as a professional athlete, but also celebrate her femininity via her personal social media channels.