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Rachael Ostovich opened up about the reason she has opted to continue with her scheduled January 19th bout against Paige VanZant despite recently suffering injury from a brutal domestic violence incident that she reported had her coughing up blood as her husband punched her repeatedly in the face and body. She said she felt like she ‘have to do this’ because the platform gives her an opportunity to stand tall for other victims of domestic violence. Via KHON2.com:
“Although this is a very difficult time for me and my family, I felt that this fight in January was important. I felt that it was extremely important to me to follow through with it, not only for me but first for my daughter, and other people that might be going through similar situations. I want to take a stand against domestic violence, and show others that its okay to come out and speak about it, and not be quiet.
“I’m extremely grateful and blessed for my support system. My family, who has done so much for me and has kept me together and kept me strong. I feel like I am- like I have to do this. This is something that can’t be taken away from me, because I want to use this big, worldwide UFC platform to show people that, don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your career.”
Mr. Berdon, her husband, has pleaded innocent to the charges, downgraded from attempted murder, posted his $75,000 dollar bail, and is currently free until his next court date, December 18, 2018. He is under a temporary restraining order that extends to their 5-year-old child.
Ostovich is scheduled to face VanZant at the UFC’s ESPN+ debut January 19th in Brooklyn. Her training is limited currently, but she will transition back to full contact after getting a second opinion on the severity of her injuries.
Her incident is one of several to affect high-profile UFC fighters, including Jessica Rose-Clark and Andrea Lee. MMA, according to an HBO study, suffers from a much higher incidence of domestic violence than the general population, or even the NFL. In fact Dana White recently signed former NFL player Greg Hardy to a development contract after his history with domestic violence ended his football career.
Watch three generations of McGregors throw hands
Alex Hernandez, setting goals and accomplishing them.
You gotta read this from UFC’s Alex Hernandez (@TheGreat155): https://t.co/xSRMe3v5dC pic.twitter.com/biu3XQICkI— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 29, 2018
Dominick Reyes survived what looks like a really serious car accident, for which he thanks his Lexus
Whoops. Floyd Mayweather supposedly is in some kind of crypto trouble.
The SEC alleges Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled touted initial coin offerings without revealing they were paid https://t.co/ugWLOHwvdK— Jason Cruz (@dilletaunt) November 29, 2018
Raphael Assuncao has signed a new fight deal that looks like it will start with a rematch with Marlon Moraes
Raphael Assuncao has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, per sources. Starts with this fight, which could go a long way to determining the next title challenger at 135lbs. https://t.co/1kAB6e0Zhv— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) November 29, 2018
I hadn’t thought about Junior Dos Santos’ power declining
It's pretty incredible that the last time Junior dos Santos has won a fight inside the distance is over five years ago.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) November 29, 2018
It came with 42 seconds remaining in his fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013. He's 3-3 since then with three UD wins and three TKO/KO losses.
Everyone who has trained knows this guy
Well that’s quite the sequence. Tofiq Musayev is a unique fighter.
Tofiq Musayev (13-3) fights Nobumitsu "Tyson" at #RIZIN14. He comes into NYE with nine-straight KO's, most recently stopping a 20-1-1 Marif Piraev. pic.twitter.com/1sm7Yzlcv5— Mike Skytte (@MikeLovesTacosX) November 29, 2018
Ben Askren is a 3-1 favorite against Robbie Lawler? How?
Put these up for #UFC233 in Anaheim in January:— John Murray (@vegasmurray) November 29, 2018
TJ Dillashaw -200 vs Henry Cejudo for the flyweight strap and @danawhite's guy @Benaskren is a -300 favorite vs Robbie Lawler in his @UFC debut @AdamHillLVRJ @SportsXMMA @PercentBerg @mradmanovich
Tim Kennedy is still practicing what are technically martial arts
Amateurs practice till they get it right. Professionals practice till they can’t get it wrong.... I obviously have a lot more practicing to do. I did 120 reps of this. pic.twitter.com/GQEpCfK6KF— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 29, 2018
Welcome back, Sexyama.
I'm thrilled to announce that JMMA Korean-Japanese Legend Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama (15-6) (otherwise known as Choo Sung-Hoon) has officially signed with ONE Championship!— Chatri Sityodtong (@YODCHATRI) November 29, 2018
Luke Rockhold and Robbie Lawler are odd teammates and almost totally opposite fighters, but they are both looking swole.
Chad Mendes hitting pads
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Hard sparring this morning, then finished up with mitts and a cardiac power session this evening. My diets on point thanks to @rpstrength and everything's right on track. Cant wait to whoop some ass! #hardwork #training #mma #fightlife @mtnops @joey_rodriguez916 @capitalstrengthperformance @finzandfeatherzguides
See... Anderson Silva would actually get a title shot if he beat Israel Adesanya... but chances are he won’t, so...
TJ Dillashaw taunts Henry Cejudo for not fighting him at bantamweight.
RIZIN is adding some new talent- Justin Scoggins will be debuting at 60 kilograms, which is 132 lbs.
#RIZINFF #RIZIN2018 #RIZIN14 pic.twitter.com/0JrduueYdI— RIZIN FF OFFICIAL (@rizin_PR) November 29, 2018
They also are promoting a cross-promotion superfight between Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi that is going to be awesome.
#RIZINFF #RIZIN2018 #RIZIN14 pic.twitter.com/AR109rr7XY— RIZIN FF OFFICIAL (@rizin_PR) November 29, 2018
This exhibition bout, of course, is still happening as well, which is going to bring an insane amount of attention to the event.
#RIZINFF #RIZIN2018 #RIZIN14 pic.twitter.com/wpYEZlhFkb— RIZIN FF OFFICIAL (@rizin_PR) November 29, 2018
Showing great knockouts is tried and true, but still a good way to promote fights.
Clipped✂️— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 29, 2018
Catch @BombaTUF when he faces @thecaveman316 this Friday LIVE and FREE around the exclusively on the Bellator app❗️ pic.twitter.com/zEsIH04X1T
Abandoned places have a haunting, yet peaceful aesthetic
Christmas is coming up if anyone wants to buy me either of these Rhino revolvers. I would take a snub nose too, I’m not picky.
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