FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 3/15: Darren Till and Ben Askren have altercation prior to weigh-ins, Tony Ferguson’s wife releases statement after restraining order, husband of Rachael Ostovich enters plea

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Ben Askren
Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ben Askren (blue gloves) defeats Robbie Lawler (red gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

‘F— Ben Askren’

Darren Till is less than 24 hours from his fight with Jorge Masvidal in London, but it looks like he’s got another fight on the horizon, win or lose. Prior to today’s UFC London weigh-in’s Ben Askren was doing a Q&A session for fans when he was interrupted by Till, who was backstage.

“F— Ben Askren!” Till shouted as he rushed the stage.

Askren has been calling for a fight with Till in the weeks since his UFC 235 win over Robbie Lawler. From the looks of things, Till might be game too.

Cristina Ferguson releases statement

A day after news broke that the wife of UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson had filed a restraining order against him, Cristina Ferguson has released a statement.

“Tony Ferguson is a good husband and good father to our son,” she wrote in a statement to “The current legal proceedings are a part of a process to ensure that Tony will receive the help necessary to continue being the best possible, as well as to pursue his passion and career as a UFC champion fighter. All positive well wishes are sincerely appreciated and I hope our privacy will be respected.”

The restraining order was filed along with some troubling accounts of Tony Ferguson’s behavior. He is said to believe there was a microchip in his leg and threw ‘holy water’ at his wife. No charges have been filed against Ferguson, although the restraining order has been granted, requiring he stay at least 100 yards away from his wife and two-year-old son as well as their extended family.

Ferguson released an Instagram post to his followers thanking them for their support and saying “It Takes Trust.”

Berdon pleads no contest

The husband of UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich has entered a plea of no contest in relation to the assault of Ostovich in November. Arnold Berdon was arrested after Ostovich alleged that he punched her in the face, head, and ribs before she escaped.

Berdon is said to likely receive probation and avoid jail time.  He will also have to participate in a domestic violence intervention program. Berdon told Judge Trisha Morikawa “I’m going to do well.”

Ostovich initially cancelled her January fight with Paige VanZant after the assault, but then chose to go through with the fight. VanZant won the fight with a second-round submission, but Ostovich said before the fight “I already feel like I won.”

UFC London weigh-in results

Darren Till (171) vs. Jorge Masvidal (171)

Leon Edwards (170) vs. Gunnar Nelson (170.5)

Volkan Oezdemir (205) vs. Dominick Reyes (206)

Nathaniel Wood (135.5) vs. Jose Alberto Quinonez (135.5)

Danny Roberts (170) vs. Claudio Silva (170)

Jack Marshman (188) vs. John Phillips (185)

Arnold Allen (145) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (145)

Marc Diakiese (155) vs. Joseph Duffy (155)

Nicolae Negumereanu (204) vs. Saparbek Safarov (205)

Tom Breese (186) vs. Ian Heinisch 186

Danny Henry (146) vs. Dan Ige (146)

Molly McCann (126) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (125)

Mike Grundy (145) vs. Nad Narimani (145.5)

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