UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich’s January 19th fight against Paige VanZant could be in jeopardy after she was reportedly attacked in Hawaii.
TMZ Sports reported the news, noting she was hospitalised with a potential broken orbital bone. She was attacked by someone she knew, and the fight at Barclays Center would almost certainly be cancelled if the injury is as severe as the sources indicated. The report described the impending fight with VanZant as “undoubtedly be the biggest moment of her career.”
Prior to this report, it was VanZant who was dealing with health concerns going into the fight. She broke her arm during her loss to Clark and complications from surgery that month meant she needed a second operation in July, which involved transferring bone fragments from her hip into her arm.
Ostovich, 27, has won one and lost one in the UFC, with her defeat to Montana De La Rosa in July her last fight.
The shock attack on Ostovich also comes as a blow to VanZant. The fight would have been a return to the UFC stage for VanZant and a breakout opportunity for Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but that appears to be on hold.
– Brad Dalrymple
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