Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant Back On For UFC Brooklyn

Rachael Ostovich
Rachael Ostovich Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Despite suffering serious injuries from an alleged domestic violence incident, UFC women’s flyweight Rachael Ostovich is refusing to drop out of her fight against Paige VanZant at UFC Brooklyn.

In spite of the tragic events that have transpired in UFC women’s flyweight Rachael Ostovich’s life recently, she’s refusing to skip out on her date with Paige VanZant. Ostovich was recently the victim of a domestic assault allegedly perpetrated by her husband and fellow fighter Arnold Berdon. After reportedly suffering a fractured orbital bone, it looked like Ostovich vs. VaZant, originally scheduled for UFC Brooklyn in January, would be scrapped.

Not so fast. Proving to be incredibly resilient, Ostovich is staying in the fight. ESPN first reported the news, noting that Ostovich had sought out a second opinion on her injuries. Her manager later provided a statement to MMA Junkie saying that while Ostovich’s orbital is fractured, it will be healed up in time for the fight. She’s now been cleared to fight.

Ostovich, meanwhile, said on social media that it was “God’s plan” for her to remain in the fight.

Opponent Paige VanZant also lent her support. “I couldn’t be more great full [sic]” to Rachael Ostovich, she wrote. “Yes we are going to war with each other in the cage, but I stand by her side with her ongoing battle at home.”

Ostovich’s husband, Arnold Berdon, made his first court appearance on Monday. No plea was entered, and he’s expected back before the courts on December 18. He’s facing charges of second degree assault.

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