UFC President Dana White stated he had Rachael Ostovich’s approval when he booked her on the identical combat card as Greg Hardy.
“I known as Rachael Ostovich and talked to her and walked her by way of this case,” White right this moment advised “TSN.” “And her tackle it was, ‘His story isn’t my story. All people’s story is completely different, and I imagine in second possibilities. I’ve no downside preventing on the identical card as this man.’
“He didn’t do something to Rachael Ostovich. She was completely cool with it. Clearly, having her assist was a key think about making that call.”
By way of Twitter:
Dana White discusses the choice to have Greg Hardy compete on January 19th, the identical card as Rachael Ostovich, a current sufferer of home violence.
White has spoken to Rachael since Hardy was added to listen to her emotions on it. Hardy will stay on the cardboard regardless of the backlash pic.twitter.com/6EHMIXS9lm
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 6, 2018
For her half, Ostovich appeared to present a seal of approval when she tweeted a response with emojis for a flexed muscle, a coronary heart and high-five.
The UFC was accused of being tone deaf when it paired Hardy, an ex-NFL participant with a documented previous of home violence, with Ostovich, allegedly the sufferer of a current home assault, on the ESPN+1 combat card Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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However White isn’t significantly involved in regards to the optics of the choice, as a result of he stated Ostovich needs to combat.
“Hear, if you wish to make it a problem, you can also make it a problem,” he stated. “All people could make it a problem in the event that they wish to. Rachael Ostovich doesn’t have a problem with it, and that’s all that issues to me.”
As to how the promotion ended up on this spot within the first place, White claimed he initially was in opposition to Ostovich competing on the occasion due to what she’d been by way of; Ostovich’s husband at present stands accused of assaulting her this previous month at their residence in Hawaii, leaving her with a number of accidents and a safety order from a choose.
“Rachael was off the cardboard due to what occurred,” White stated. “Then she known as me again – to start with, I wasn’t letting her combat after what had simply occurred to her. There was no method she may combat proper now; she must take a while.
“She known as me and gave me 75 the explanation why she must be on this card, and I agreed along with her, and so we did it.”
And so Hardy (Three-Zero MMA, Zero-Zero UFC) will face Allen Crowder (9-Three MMA, Zero-1 UFC), an up-and-comer who’s resolved to show the ex-footballer a lesson about beating up ladies. Ostovich (Four-Four MMA, 1-1 UFC) will combat UFC starlet Paige VanZant (7-Four MMA, Four-Three UFC). The official bout order has not but been launched for the promotion’s official debut with new broadcast companion ESPN.
Ostovich lately stated her resolution to stay on the combat card is about sending a message about home violence and never letting anybody stand in the way in which of their desires. White seems decided to not stand in both Ostovich or Hardy’s method as they chase theirs.
Though Hardy’s inclusion has shrouded the UFC’s debut in controversy, White believes in Hardy’s redemption.
“He’s going to be tied to that for the remainder of his profession, for the remainder of his life,” he stated. “It is a man who has spent the final 5 years rehabilitating himself from medication, alcohol, anger administration, you title it – rebuilding his life. He hit all-time low, he misplaced his job, and he’s constructing a household now. He has a son and a daughter. He’s making an attempt to place that behind him.”
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