Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich Booked As 1st Fight of UFC’s ESPN Era (PICS)
Back in May, ESPN announced that it was taking control of the television rights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship from Fox Sports with a deal that is worth $150 million per year and is slated to start January 1st. Variety reports the new deal will allow ESPN to show 30 events per year and the network is paying UFC $1.5 billion over the life of the five–year deal.
This week, we found out that a UFC official confirmed to Newsday that Paige VanZant will make her return to the octagon in a flyweight bout against Rachael Ostovich on at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 18 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
UFC has officially confirmed its first bout of the ESPN era, Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn. ESPN + card. MMAFighting first reported awhile back. UFC publicly confirming today.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 6, 2018
VanZant suffered a broken right arm in a loss to Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night 124 in January. She had surgery, but it wasn’t going well, so a second procedure was done on July 19th. VanZant has fought just three times in the last two years, missing all of 2017.
Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), was a contestant last year on “The Ultimate Fighter 26. Her most recent match was a loss to Montana De La Rosa in July at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.
This fight is going to be something to behold:
The fight you never knew you wanted. pic.twitter.com/8HZtL700wR
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) August 27, 2018
such a fascinating stylistic matchup between these to ladies. pic.twitter.com/BqhjeSKJDJ
— MacMally🍀 (@MacMallyMMA) November 6, 2018
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