Hawaii’s Rachael Ostovich-Berdon battled it out against Armenia’s Karine Gevorgyan at the TUF 26 Finale Prelims Friday.
Hosted at the Park Theatre in Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale featured the bulk of the show’s talents filling out the card. Among them, Invicta FC veteran Rachel Ostovich-Berdon, who took on Armenian Karine Gevorgyan in prelim action. With both women having fewer than ten fights to their name, this was a chance to make an impression on a big scale. Ostovich-Berdon, with a number of fights under the Invicta banner, arguably had faced stiffer competition thus far in her career; otherwise, this was a fairly even match on paper.
Gevorgyan, however, missed weight for the fight, and the bout was contested at a catchweight of 130lbs.
Ostovich opened with a pair of leg kicks, while Gevorgyan looked to counter. Gevorgyan was then taken down, as Ostovich opted to change levels. Gevorgyan looked to lock in an arm-bar, but the Hawaiian escaped. Gevorgyan, however, would make it back up, and look for a takedown of her own. That backfired as Ostovich was able to take the back, but she was high. She was, however, able to lock in an arm-bar. Gevorgyan was in trouble, and moments later, she was forced to tap!
Rachel Ostovich def. Karine Gevorgyan by submission (arm-bar), Round 1, 1:40