FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/18: Rachael Ostovich talks about meeting Greg Hardy, Dana White won’t commit to future of male flyweights, Khabib doesn’t want to give McGregor a rematch

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Credit: Rachael Ostovich, Instagram

Ostovich has no fear of Hardy

Rachael Ostovich appears to be the type of woman who faces her problems head-on. After allegedly being assaulted by her husband late last year, Ostovich easily could have stayed under the radar and not fight Paige VanZant this weekend. Instead, she chose to continue on with the fight. She also could have done her best to blow off the controversy surrounding her being on the same card as domestic abuser Greg Hardy, and avoid any interaction with the heavyweight, but she instead decided a face to face meeting would be better.

Speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter at the UFC Brooklyn media day, Ostovich said she knew what she needed to do.

I have to meet him,’” Ostovich said (transcribed by MMAJunkie). “I have to go and just squash it and get it out of the way.” She then continued to detail how the meeting went.

“Speaking with him, I told him, ‘There’s no negative with me and toward you. I know the media can blow things out of proportion, but just to let you know, that’s not my character. I don’t care. I’m actually happy you’re here, and I’m happy you’re making a comeback, and I hope that me and you can work together on different sides and use it for good.’ Show people that, no matter what, you can turn a bad situation into a good one.”

In what has been a truly horrible situation for Ostovich, she has shown nothing but class in the aftermath.

No news is bad news

Dana White isn’t sharing much information on the future of the UFC men’s flyweight division. During Thursday’s UFC Brooklyn press conference, White was tight-lipped when current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo tried to make a deal to secure a spot for the division.

“With all due respect Dana, you did say at one point that women’s fighting would never enter (the UFC),” Cejudo said (transcribed by MMAJunkie). “Ronda Rousey became one of the biggest superstars. I know there’s a place in your heart. What I am saying is: Let’s make a deal. I beat this man Saturday night, the flyweight division stays.”

White’s response? “We’ll see what happens on Saturday. Let’s see what happens.”

White may be waiting on the result of Cejudo’s fight with TJ Dillashaw. It would seem that if Dillashaw wins, that may be the end of the flyweights as Dillashaw seems more concerned with big fights than in staying put in any particular division.

Cejudo may be fighting for more than just a championship Saturday night.

Khabib denying Conor a rematch

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t keen on an immediate rematch with Conor McGregor. TMZ shared a clip of Nurmagomedov speaking to Australian reporters, who wanted to know when and if Khabib would be fighting McGregor next.

“We’ll see,” Nurmagomedov said. “He doesn’t deserve this. Rematch for what? Before last fight he talked, talked but when we were inside the cage he don’t do nothing.”

“We’ll see” might mean “We’ll see how much UFC is willing to pay me,” or it may mean Khabib has another fight in mind. First, he will have to face the Nevada Athletic Commission which may suspend both men for their roles in the UFC 229 brawl.

Friday Notebook

-UFC Brooklyn weigh-ins are taking place as we write. As of press time, all fighters that have weighed in have done so successfully. If any fighters miss weight or any card changes occur, we will update this post.

-Regarding Colby Covington getting a title shot, Dana White said “He’ll get another shot. It’s just not going to be when he wanted and when he thought it was coming.”

In case you missed it

MCGRATH: Why Henry Cejudo will beat TJ Dillashaw

That Night in Toronto – UFC’s flyweight division was dead on arrival

MEIGS: Greg Hardy has no business fighting this weekend, or ever

NEW PODCAST: MMATorch Today – McGrath and Meigs breakdown and preview UFC Brooklyn

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