Rachael Ostovich back on UFC card after being hospitalized in domestic violence attack

UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich is back on Jan. 19’s UFC Fight Night card after being hospitalized from a domestic violence attack, ESPN reports.
 

Ostovich suffered broken bone in face

Ostovich’s manager, Brian Butler-Au confirmed with ESPN last week that she suffered a broken orbital bone in an attack after TMZ reported that she was the victim of a domestic violence incident in Honolulu. 

The Honolulu police department confirmed with TMZ on Nov. 18 that a domestic violence incident had been opened. Her husband Arnold Berdon, a professional MMA fighter, was later arrested as a suspect in the attack.

At the time, Ostovich’s management said the fight was off.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: Rachael Ostovich reacts after her submission loss to Montana De La Rosa in their women's flyweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 05: Rachael Ostovich poses on the scale during The Ultimate Fighter Finale weigh-in inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: (L-R) Montana De La Rosa and Rachael Ostovich trade punches in their women's flyweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: Rachael Ostovich prepares to fight Montana De La Rosa in their women's flyweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 05: (L-R) Opponents Montana De La Rosa and Rachael Ostovich face off during The Ultimate Fighter Finale weigh-in inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01: Rachael Ostovich celebrates after her submission victory over Karine Gevorgyan of Armenia in their women's flyweight bout during the TUF Finale event inside Park Theater on December 01, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 3: Rachael Ostovich-Berdon warms up before facing Melinda Fabian during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion at the UFC TUF Gym on August 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Ostovich reportedly sought second opinion

Butler-Au told ESPN that Ostovich never intended to pull out of the fight and made the decision to continue after seeking a second medical opinion on her injuries.

“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,” Butler-Au said.

UFC president Dana White also confirmed the fight with ESPN.

Ostovich responded on Twitter Tuesday shortly after the news broke.

 

VanZant celebrated the news with her own Twitter message.

 

Ostovich was a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 26” in 2017 and was brought back for the live finale of that season despite losing earlier in the competition. She also fought in the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 27” in July, suffering a submission loss. Ostovich is 4-4 in MMA and 1-1 in UFC.

Her fight with VanZant will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s center and air on ESPN+.

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