Video: PVZ vs. Ostovich staredown
Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich run it back at BKFC 19. | Photo by Michael Owens/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC
VanZant and Ostovich meet again, this time under the Bare Knuckle FC banner.
The next event for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is BKFC 19, which features a headliner between former UFC starlets turned bare-knuckle boxers Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich in a much-anticipated rematch.
With the fight being a little less than a month away, the promotion held a special press conference on Friday afternoon in South Florida after the weigh-ins of BKFC 18 that saw VanZant and Ostovich attend to answer questions from assembled media. Once the questions were done, both women stuck around and did their pre-fight face-off that can be seen below, courtesy of MMA Fighting.
VanZant is making her second appearance under the BKFC banner after making her debut at BKFC: KnuckleMania in February. She lost by unanimous decision to Britain Hart and wanted to get a quick turnaround, which she got once Ostovich signed with the promotion in April.
Ostovich was released from her UFC contract late last year after three straight losses to names such as Montana De La Rosa, Paige VanZant and Gina Mazany. The last win for the Ultimate Fighter alum came against Karine Gevorgyan, who she submitted with a first-round armbar at the Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale in 2017.
BKFC 19 takes place on Friday, July 23 in Tampa, Fla. at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The only other fight currently scheduled for the event alongside VanZant vs. Ostovich 2 is one between the aforementioned Hart and Jenny Savage. Stay tuned for more updates to the event in the next few weeks.