Paige VanZant returns to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship this weekend when she takes on Rachael Ostovich.
The 27-year-old MMA star made a name for himself in the UFC but lost her last fight to Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 last summer.
’12 Gauge ‘then launched a new challenge by switching the codes to the world of unarmed combat.
But her debut didn’t go as planned as she lost to Britain Hart at BKFC KnuckleMania in February.
Now VanZant will be looking to secure her first win in the sport at BKFC 19 this weekend as she takes on fellow former UFC star Ostovich.
The 30-year-old, who will make her BKFC debut, lost to VanZant via an armband submission to the UFC in January 2019.
VanZant vs Ostovich: Date and how to watch
BKFC 19 takes place on Friday July 23 and will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The full card starts at 1 a.m. UK time and runs until the early hours of Saturday morning.
The VanZant vs Ostovich main event is scheduled to start around 5 a.m.
BKFC 19 will be broadcast live on Fite TV.
The full card costs $ 19.99 to purchase through Fite.TV. Fite’s live stream begins at 1 a.m.
VanZant vs Ostovich: Complete Fight Map
- Main event: Paige VanZant against Rachael Ostovich
- Arnold Adams vs. Michael Terrill
- Brittany Hart vs. Jenny Savage
- Taylor Starling vs. Cassie Robb
- Abdiel Velazquez vs. Geane Herrera
- Nick Ireland vs. DK Money
- Terry Janoski vs. Richard Carsten
- Josh Sikes vs. Tony Soto
- Chris Jensen vs. Kyle McElroy
- Evil Hero vs. Dakota Olave
- Jared Warren vs. Sion Tomlinson
- Sky Moiseichik vs. Jorge Gonzalez
VanZant vs. Ostovich: what was said?
Paige VanZant: “I honestly haven’t looked back. I think you take these moments to look back when you think there could be something better in the past, but since I left [the UFC], my future here, everything just got better and better every second.
“I am so excited to be with BKFC. I love boxing. I love my new gym. I love everyone I train with. There is nothing in the past that I miss.
“I’ve always wondered, ‘Would I miss the UFC?’ I do not. I don’t miss it at all. I love being here, I love boxing. My life has changed in every possible way.
“It’s getting farther and farther away. I feel like it’s a big part of my past that the door can be closed.
“I never like to say it because who knows, but right now I really just like straight boxing.”