More than two years after squaring off in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Rachael Ostovich and Paige VanZant will get reacquainted in an entirely new discipline this summer.
That’s after the Bare Knuckle Boxing Championship announced the pair of buxom beauties will clash at BKFC 19 on July 23.
Their fight serves as further proof combat sports aren’t exclusive to the aesthetically challenged, with both VanZant and Ostovich thriving in the modelling world in recent years.
The latter has a little more than 750,000 followers on Instagram, although “12 Gauge” dwarfs that figure thanks to her legion of 2.8 million on the photo-sharing app.
VanZant submitted Ostovich via a second-round armbar when they met in a mixed martial arts setting back in January 2019.
The Hawaiian then went on to record a third straight defeat against Gina Mazany in November last year and was subsequently released by the UFC.
Ostovich, 30, is now scheduled to make her BKFC debut against VanZant, who hyped up their bout by posting a picture of the fight poster alongside the caption: "Come for the boobies, stay for the violence.”
VanZant has also taken her leave of the UFC, departing the promotion after she went 2-4 in her last six MMA fights and signed off with a submission loss to Amanda Ribas in July 2020.
The 27-year-old said at the time of her exit that she stood to make more from her social media sponsorships than she would as a fighter: "I make way more money sitting at home, posting pictures on Instagram, than I do fighting.
"When I did my contract negotiation the last time, the talk was, 'I can’t pay you more than a female champion.’ Okay, but why are comparing me to just women? All of us should be getting paid more in general.
“I want a significant pay raise, to be completely honest.
“I’ve just been extremely accomplished outside of the UFC, as well as inside of the UFC.
"Five wins in the UFC, four finishes, I’ve been main event twice, and I think someone with those accolades should be paid more.”
VanZant lost her BKFC debut against Britain Hart via unanimous decision this past February, though she’ll hope experience will grant an edge over a more fresh-faced opponent.
Ostovich—who earned her UFC contract after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter—spent just three years on the UFC’s books and left with a 1-3 record in MMA’s elite brand.
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Speaking prior to her first BKFC opponent being revealed, Ostovich said: “I am so excited to fight in the fastest growing sport in the world. I'm looking forward to my debut in July.
"I have seen and heard great things about BKFC, and am very happy to be a part of the team. Can't wait to announce the opponent!”
With a background in judo and no striking stoppages from her 10 MMA bouts (4-6), Ostovich may struggle transitioning to a trade focused exclusively on boxing.
VanZant walked away with the spoils when the former UFC flyweights fought several years ago, but both her and Ostovich will be seeking their first wins as BKFC brawlers when they next meet.
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