Ostovich Has No Issue Sharing Card With Hardy
As she heads into her first fight since she was allegedly assaulted by her husband, UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich has no issues sharing a card with Greg Hardy.
“Nobody’s story is the same, nobody’s situation is the same,” Ostovich said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I have nothing to do with Greg Hardy. I’m just grateful to be fighting again.
“I believe in second chances. I’m glad he’s making a turnaround. I hope the same can happen to my husband and anyone else who has made a wrong choice.”
“I’m glad he’s making a turnaround,” Rachael Ostovich said of Greg Hardy, who was arrested and charged on charges of domestic violence, including tossing his girlfriend onto a bed covered in firearms. “I hope the same can happen to my husband and anyone else who has made a wrong choice.” USA Today
Ostovich would suffer a fractured orbital bone in November, when her husband Arnold Berdon allegedly assaulted her in their home in Hawaii.
Berdon would be arrested and charged with second-degree assault, and nearly cost Ostovich her January 19th fight against Paige VanZant for the UFC’s first event on ESPN+.
Ostovich confirmed what Dana White said in December, that the UFC asked Ostovich if she’d be comfortable sharing a card with Hardy, and she almost was pulled from the card to allow her to recover. Ostovich would persist and left to fight VanZant.
“[White] was very caring and nice about it,” Ostovich said. “I know he gets a lot of heat, but there’s no fishiness surrounding that thing. He was very concerned with my situation from the very beginning. He didn’t even want me to fight, actually. I had to convince and beg him to let me fight.”
Ostovich is looking to bounce back from a third-round submission loss to Montana De La Rosa in July, while VanZant looks to end a losing streak capped by unanimous decision loss to Jessica-Rose Clark in January 2018, where she broker her arm in the opening round.
“I had every reason to drop out, but this fight was so much bigger than just me and my problems,” Ostovich said.
“I want to be able to inspire and motivate others. Show people that you can do whatever you set your mindset to. We all go through problems. Everyone goes through struggles like me, and maybe even worse. You can do whatever you set your mind to.”
Initial Report: ESPN