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Paige VanZant vs Rachael Ostovich set for first ESPN+ card in Brooklyn

The first of two fights for the UFC's ESPN debut has been confirmed

The UFC is making their debut on ESPN early next year and to kick off the first event will be a flyweight scrap between “12 Guage” Paige VanZant (7-4) and Rachael Ostovich (4-4).

The fight was confirmed to Newsday earlier today for the UFC Brooklyn card which takes place on January 19. A welterweight clash between Geoff Neal and Belal Muhammad was also announced for the event.

Originally the bout between VanZant and Ostovich was reported as in the works for this same event back in August. However, VanZant would pump the brakes on the reports as she announced shortly after that she wasn’t even cleared to return to action yet.

The reason for that being that she had yet to fully heal from her bad arm break in which she suffered during her last time out against Jessica-Rose Clark in January at UFC St. Louis. VanZant lost the bout by unanimous decision putting her on a two-fight skid.

As for her next opponent Ostovich, she last fought in July against Montana De La Rosa in a back and forth affair that saw De La Rosa get the third round submission victory by rear-naked-choke. This made the Invicta FC veteran 1-1 since entering the promotion as part of season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter.

This fight may not necessarily be a must-win situation for either fighter but they definitely would greatly benefit from one in this one. Especially for Ostovich who that can be much more of a possibility for as her record currently stands at the even .500 mark.

Regardless, it should be a fun fight at 125-pounds and just one of many for the UFC’s first show on ESPN.


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Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in feature pieces, the women's fight scene, lists, and rankings. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake also currently writes for, FanSided MMA, The Body Lock, and is a former contributor to Sherdog. He is a die-hard fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars as well.