UFC veterans Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich will face off in a bare-knuckle brawl at BKFC 19 on July 23, the promotion has announced.
— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) May 27, 2021
This will be VanZant’s sophomore appearance for the promotion — she made her debut in February against Britain Hart, losing in the main event via unanimous decision in a dominant win by Hart.
The fight will be Ostovich’s promotional debut. After being cut from the UFC roster in December, she signed with BKFC in April.
Ostovich and VanZant have previously faced off in the UFC, with VanZant winning via second-round armbar when they met in the Octagon at the beginning of 2019. But under a different rule set, there’s no telling what could happen.
A location has not yet been set for BKFC 19, and there are still many more fights to be announced.
BKFC 19 will take place on Friday, July 23.