Former UFC Fighter Rachael Ostovich Joins Bare Knuckle FC

Published 04/27/2021, 11:02 PM EDT


The BKFC promotion has made huge strides over the last 12 months. While the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships itself is relatively new and trying to establish itself, they are not wasting time and are getting in many established stars from other combat promotions. 

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Recently, the promotion has signed the likes of Artem Lobov and Paige VanZant from the UFC. According to recent reports, the latest name on that list is Rachael Ostovich. After being released from the UFC, the BKFC has snapped Ostovich up to add depth to an already stacked women’s division. 

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Rachael Ostovich vs Paige VanZant 2 at BKFC?

Ostovich is a four-fight UFC veteran. Although results did not go her way in her last few fights, Ostovich put on some incredibly close fights during her time with the promotion. 

She made her UFC debut in December 2017 on The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 finale and secured a first-round submission win over Karine Gevorgyan. However, since that fight, results have not gone her way. 

In July 2018, Montana De La Rosa handed Ostovich her first loss in the UFC in round three via a rear-naked choke. This was followed by a loss to Paige VanZant in January 2019. 

Following an eight-month suspension after testing positive for a tainted supplement, Ostovich fought for the last time in the UFC in November 2020. The fighter lost to Gina Mazany and was released from the UFC following a three-fight skid. 

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Interestingly, BKFC signed Paige VanZant in 2020 and she made her promotional debut this February against Britain Hart. ’12 Gauge’ lost the fight via unanimous decision. It is expected that Ostovich will make her debut in July, but her opponent remains a mystery at this point.

A rematch between ‘12 Gauge’ and Ostovich seems like a fight that could be made and would really interest the fans given that they have fought previously with ‘12 Gauge’ securing the win. 

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What do you make of Ostovich’s move to BKFC? Who do you think she should fight in her debut with the promotion? 

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