Paige VanZant Gears Up to Fight Rachael Ostovich at BKFC 19

Published 05/28/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich will have a second battle. The fight will take place in a fresh setting and promotion from their first fight. ‘PVZ’ will welcome Rachael Ostovich to the BKFC at BKFC 19. Rachael Ostovich (4-6), who lost her last three UFC fights, failed to make an impact inside the octagon.

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After an unsuccessful run in the UFC, she finally left the company and joined Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, where she will hope to end her professional fighting skid.

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Similarly, Paige VanZant, who fell on a decline, managed two wins in her last six fights in the UFC. VanZant made her BKFC debut against Britain Hart from Bedford, Virginia in February 2021.

Although ‘12 Gauge’ lost her debut by a unanimous decision, she looked strong in the final rounds. Paige VanZant will hope to get her first bare-knuckle win against Ostovich.

The first meeting between Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich

Both the females had already faced each other back in 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs Dillashaw.

ROUND 1: ‘12 Gauge’ stared strongly by throwing plus mixing head and leg kicks at her opponent. Both engaged in a clinch where Ostovich took her opponent down. The fight went on the ground for a minute until the referee ordered them back to their feet because of the inactivity on the ground.

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Ostovich connected with a beautiful right hand and landed another takedown. Rachael Ostovich won the round and looked impressive with her approach.

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Round 2: In the second round, both fighters looked more calculated. The duo exchanged punches and kicks in the middle of the octagon. When Ostovich landed yet another takedown, ’12 Gauge’ turned the tide and locked her in an armbar. The armbar proved to be the climax of the fight as Ostovich finally tapped and lost the contest.

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: Paige VanZant celebrates her victory over Rachael Ostovich in their women’s flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The rematch looks exciting as the duo will compete a stand-up fight where takedowns and kicks are illegal.

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Who do you think will win the rematch?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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