When Rachael Ostovich suffered a broken orbital bone and was hospitalized following an alleged assault at the hands of her husband, Arnold Berdon, it was understandable that she wouldn’t be able to fulfill her scheduled fight with Paige VanZant on Jan. 19. The physical toll the assault had on her accompanied by what must be an immense emotional toll is more than enough to justify pulling out of a fight. But Ostovich wasn’t going to allow this to put her out that easily.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported today, that Ostovich was seeking a second opinion on her injuries and was hoping to continue with the fight. Ostovich’s management has subsequently confirmed to MMAJunkie that Ostovich is healing and will be OK come Jan. 19.
VanZant, meanwhile, commended Ostovich for her perseverance to continue with the fight under difficult circumstances.
“FIGHT STILL ON!!!!!,” VanZant tweeted. “I couldn’t be more great full to @rachaelostovich Yes we are going to war with each other in the cage, but I stand by her side with her ongoing battle at home. Let’s put on a fight and show these people how strong we are.”
Ostovich’s alleged attacker, husband Arnold Berdon appeared in court for the first time on Monday. MMAFighting’s Marc Raimondi reported that Berdon pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree felony assault and is due back in court for a Dec. 18 preliminary hearing.
Berdon is currently out on bail but a restraining order prevents him from being with 100 feet of either Ostovich or their five year old daughter.
While Berdon appears to be ready to fight his charges in court, Ostovich will power forward and fight in the cage come January.