Second opinion for Rachael Ostovich puts fight with VanZant back on


The women's flyweight fight between Rachael Ostovich and Paige VanZant is back on for January.

Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was booked to face VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) three weeks ago at UFC on ESPN + 1 on Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY But due to she has been injured in an alleged domestic violence incident this past week, her management team said she would be out of the fight.

After getting a second opinion from a doctor today, though, Ostovich got the green light to stay in the bout, which is a little less than two months away. Ostovich's manager, Brian Butler with Suckerpunch Entertainment, confirmed the news to MMAjunkie. first reported the fight being back on following MMAjunkie's report earlier today that Ostovich was seeking a second opinion.

Butler told MMAjunkie that Ostovich's orbital bone is still fractured, but is "healing well and will be OK in time for the fight."

VanZant also posted on her Twitter feed that the fight was still on and included a message of support for ostovich's ongoing outside-the-cage issues.

"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. , "VanZant posted.

Suckerpunch's original statement this past week said Ostovich broke an orbital bone and suffered other injuries. It also said that Ostovich and her family were asking "for some privacy as they sort through this matter."

That matter is the alleged beating at the hands of her husband, Arnold Berdon, who today made his first court appearance to answer the second-degree assault charge in their home city of Honolulu.

According to a petition Ostovich filed in support of a restraining order against Berdon, Berdon allegedly punched her several times in the head and ribs during the alleged incident on Nov. 18 around 2 am The attack, according to her petition, caused her to fail the ground during the incident. She said she coughed up blood and threw up several times and escaped through a balcony, according to a report from TMZ.

Berdon, who was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has been free on a $ 75,000 bond since his arrest. Although reports have indicated the 27-year-old MMA fighter pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a representative from the Honolulu Department of Prosecuting Attorney said a plea will not be made before a judge rules there is likely to continue with the case .

Ostovich, 27, was a cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 26," bowing out in the quarterfinals after losing a unanimous decision to Barb Honchak. However, the Hawaiian was brought back for the season's live finale, where she submitted Karine Gevorgyan in the opening round.

Ostovich competed most recently in July and suffered a submission loss to Montana De La Rosa at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.

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