Now in a better place, Rachael Ostovich eager to avenge Paige VanZant loss at BKFC 19

TAMPA, Fla. – Rachael Ostovich is handling a familiar challenger, however whatever else surrounding her approaching bout is various.

The previous UFC fighter headings Friday’s Bare Knuckle Battling Champion 19 versus Paige VanZant. It’s her very first battle considering that leaving the UFC and her launching in bareknuckle boxing.

Ostovich had actually formerly completed versus VanZant in 2019 back when both fighters were completing in Mixed Martial Arts and were signed to the UFC. VanZant beat Ostovich by means of second-round armbar at UFC Battle Night 143.

However that very first conference had numerous adversities for Ostovich. She went into the bout hurt and was likewise dealing with a domestic violence case after she was attacked by her then-husband simply 2 months prior.

The situations surrounding the battle practically triggered Ostovich to withdraw from the bout with VanZant, as she sustained a fractured orbital bone from the event on top of the psychological distress.

Now that she’s in a better location in her life, Ostovich is delighted she gets to run back a battle with VanZant, who’s one of the most acknowledged names in females’s Mixed Martial Arts.

“It’s been two and a half years since I fought Paige and I went through all of those crazy things, but as of right now I’m in such a much better place physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so I just want to keep it going that way,” Ostovich informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict.

“The last time my training camp was horrible. I had a broken orbital (bone), I had a messed up shoulder – I was just messed up, period. But this time around I’m 100 percent. This training camp has been great. I’ve just been focusing on stand-up and that technique, so I’ve just been focusing on one martial art. Yeah, it’s been good.”

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Ostovich understands she’s battling in a various sport and a various promo, however competitively she does see the battle versus VanZant as a rematch, which is among the primary reasons she changed from Mixed Martial Arts to bare-knuckle boxing.

“After the UFC, I got a lot of different offers but this one was very appealing,” Ostovich stated. “They told me Paige VanZant, and yes, I want to get that one back. I know it’s a different sport, but running it back in a better environment and I’m not injured. I can’t wait.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.