MMA fans collectively scratched their heads this week when it was announced that Greg Hardy would make his UFC debut on the same card as Rachael Ostovich, whose husband faces a second-degree assault charge for allegedly breaking her orbital bone in a domestic dispute last month. Hardy, of course, has been a perpetrator of domestic violence in his past, including a conviction in 2014 that helped derail his promising NFL career.
Those who didn’t view this move by the UFC to be malicious, certainly viewed it as tone deaf.
UFC President Dana White has responded to the backlash, claiming that Ostovich was “totally cool” with pairing.
“I called Rachael Ostovich and talked to her and walked her through this situation,” White today told TSN in Canada Thursday morning. “And her take on it was, ‘His story isn’t my story. Everybody’s story is different, and I believe in second chances. I have no problem fighting on the same card as this guy.’
“He didn’t do anything to Rachael Ostovich. She was totally cool with it. Obviously, having her support was a key factor in making that decision.”
I guess that settles that. Ostovich will fight Paige VanZant, while Hardy will debut against Allen Crowder (9-3) on January 19th on ESPN+.
[h/t MMA Junkie]