Rachael Ostovich Cleared; Fight vs. Paige VanZant Back On for UFC’s ESPN+ Debut

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 27, 2018


It looks like Rachael Ostovich will square off against Paige VanZant at UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn, N.Y., after all.

Ostovich’s management, Suckerpunch Entertainment, initially released a statement last week announcing that the fighter had withdrawn from the bout due to injuries — including a broken orbital bone — suffered during an alleged domestic assault by her husband, Arnold Berdon, on Nov. 18.

Ostovich revealed more details of the attack in her petition for a restraining order. The Hawaiian claimed that Berdon punched her repeatedly in the face and ribs, causing her to vomit and cough up blood before she was able to escape through the balcony.

According to a report from ESPN, Ostovich got a second opinion on her injuries and was cleared to fight against VanZant on Jan. 19. Both Ostovich and VanZant confirmed the bout was back on in separate social media posts. “Rachael went for a follow up today and due to the position of the injury and how it’s healing, the doctors have cleared her and she will be more than healed up in time for this fight,” Osotovich’s manager, Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, said in a statement released to MMAFighting.com. “She had her eyes and heart set on this fight and never wanted to pull out of it.”



Berdon, meanwhile, has been charged with second degree assault and is due in court for a hearing on Dec. 18.

UFC Fight Night takes place at the Barclays Center and marks the promotion’s debut on ESPN+.

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