Rachael Ostovich was recently forced to withdraw from her Paige VanZant fight — which was scheduled for the promotion’s upcoming debut on ESPN+ on Jan. 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York — after she suffered facial injuries during an alleged domestic violence assault at the hands of her husband Arnold Berdon.
But according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ostovich is back on track to face “12 Gauge” after getting a second opinion on her injuries.
Breaking: Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant is back on for UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn. Ostovich never wanted to pull out of the fight and sought a second opinion on her injuries this week, per her manager Brian Butler-Au. Full story coming soon to @ESPN.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 27, 2018
Butler-Au spoke to ESPN regarding the change in plans.
“She never really wanted to be off of this fight. 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,” he said.
”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.”
VanZant was thrilled at the news, but vowed to show her full support for Rachael her ongoing tribulations.
FIGHT STILL ON!!!!! I couldn’t be more great full to @rachaelostovich 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. #GirlPower #UFC pic.twitter.com/DDfNDV65jt— Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) November 27, 2018
FIGHT STILL ON!!!!! I couldn’t be more great full to
@rachaelostovich 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. #GirlPower #UFC
It was initially reported that the TUF 26 standout had suffered a broken orbital bone among other injuries during the alleged attack, which occured inside the couple’s home in Hawaii on November 19, 2018.
As for Berdon, he was arrested and recently plead not guilty and is set to return to Honolulu District Court on Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing. He has been adamant that he acted in self defense and plans on proving his case in court.