The women's flyweight fight between Rachael Ostovich and Paige VanZant is back in January.
Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was hired to face VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) three weeks ago at UFC on ESPN + 1 on January 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York . But due to the injuries he suffered in a supposed incident of domestic violence last week, his management team initially said he would be out of the fight.
However, after obtaining a second opinion from a doctor, Ostovich received the green light to stay in the fight, which is a little less than two months. Ostovich's manager, Brian Butler with Suckerpunch Entertainment, confirmed the news to MMAjunkie. ESPN.com The first time it was reported that the fight was back in track of today's MMAjunkie report that Ostovich was looking for a second opinion.
Butler told MMAjunkie that Ostovich's orbital bone is still fractured, but "he is healing well and will be well in time for the fight."
VanZant also published in it Twitter he realized that the fight was still ongoing and included a message of support for the ongoing problems outside the Ostovich cage.
"Yes, we're going to war with each other in the cage, but I'm by his side with his battle going on at home. We are going to fight and show these people how strong we are.
#Feminine power", VanZant published.
Suckerpunch's original statement last week said that Ostovich broke an orbital bone and suffered other injuries. He also said that Ostovich and his family were asking for "some privacy while they resolve this issue."
That issue is the alleged beating at the hands of her husband, Arnold Berdon, who today made his first appearance in court to answer for a second-degree assault charge in his hometown of Honolulu.
According to a petition that Ostovich filed in support of a restraining order against Berdon, Berdon allegedly hit her several times on the head and ribs during the alleged incident of November 18 at 2 am. The attack, according to his request, caused the ground to fall during the incident. She said she coughed up blood, vomited several times and escaped through a balcony, according to a TMZ report.
Berdon, who was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has been released on $ 75,000 bail since his arrest. Although reports indicate that the 27-year-old MMA fighter pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a representative of the Honolulu Prosecutor's Department said that a guilty plea will not be made before a judge rules there is a cause likely to continue with the case.
Ostovich, 27, was a member of the cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 26," who retired in the quarterfinals after losing a unanimous decision to Barb Honchak. However, the Hawaiian returned to the live end of the season, where she presented Karine Gevorgyan in the first round.
Ostovich competed more recently in July and suffered a defeat by submission to Montana De La Rosa in the Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.
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