Paige VanZant: I stand by her side
Women’s flyweight bout between Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich has been scheduled for January 20 (AEDT) when UFC makes its debut on ESPN+ 1. Last week it was announced that the contest fell off, after the latter withdrew due to injuries received in alleged incident involving her husband, Arnold Berdon in Hawaii.
Berdon, who is also an MMA fighter was initially charged with attempted murder. He then “saw his charges reclassified and he pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault,” MMAFighting.com reported Wednesday.
Following the incident Ostovich was hospitalized with injuries including a fractured orbital bone. After being released from the hospital, her management announced that she would not fight at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 143.
On Wednesday Ostovich’s manager, Brian Butler-Au, told ESPN that she “sought a second opinion on her injuries this week and has been cleared to remain in the fight”.
“She never really wanted to be off of this fight,” Butler-Au said. “When everything happened, it was very emotional. The injuries were significant enough that, combined with the emotions of everything that was going down, we made a decision to pull out of the fight.
“Now that things are settling out and the swelling of the injury is going down, Rachael got a second opinion and everything will work out to where she can keep this fight.”
UFC President Dana White also confirmed to ESPN that the VanZant vs. Ostovich fight is back on.
In addition, Paige VanZant posted on Twitter that she couldn’t be more grateful to Rachel Ostovich.
“Yes we are going to war with each other in the cage, but I stand by her side with her ongoing battle at home. Let’s put on a fight and show these people how strong we are.”
UFC Fight Night 143 (UFC on ESPN+ 1) takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on January 20 (AEDT). The event marks the first as part of the promotion’s five year contract with the network.