Paige VanZant releases statement after second straight BKFC loss: ‘I’m still smiling’

This past weekend at BKFC 19, Paige VanZant (0-2) made her second appearance with the promotion. VanZant was taking on Rachael Ostovich (1-0) who was making her BKFC debut.

These two ladies had previously met back in 2019 when they were both in the UFC. That night, VanZant controlled the fight and ended up submitting Ostovich. However, Friday night’s fight didn’t go according to that same script.

Almost as soon as the opening bell sounded, Ostovich landed a huge power right hand that got VanZant’s attention. Throughout the entire evening, Ostovich would have big moments where she landed with her power at BKFC 19.

VanZant attempted to use her athleticism and stay on the outside, but she couldn’t get away from the power of Ostovich. When VanZant would have good rounds going, Ostovich’s big power shots would sway the judges.

At the end of the day at BKFC 19, Ostovich just landed the more impactful shots all night. Ultimately, all three judges gave the fight to Ostovich including one judge who gave it to her four rounds to one.

VanZant after BKFC 19 – ‘I’m still smiling’

Last year, Paige VanZant’s time in the UFC came to an end after she completed her contract. Immediately she was a hot commodity on the open market. Bellator really pushed to try to get a deal done.

However, BKFC ultimately threw out the largest bid and won the services of VanZant. It was slightly a puzzling decision at the time, but VanZant got a million-dollar plus deal from BKFC after earning $40,000/40,000 with the UFC.

BKFC threw out that deal in part to become more main stream. VanZant has a huge social media presence and the thought was that she could become the new mainstream star for the promotion.

However, things have not gone according to plan. Back in February, VanZant lost to Britain Hart by decision. Then, she lost last Friday night which has dropped her to 0-2 in the promotion.

While things haven’t gone her way, VanZant is still smiling after all of this. She took to Instagram to post a message to her followers and her haters after her loss last Friday night.

Rachael Ostovich defeats Paige VanZant in a war at BKFC 19

Tonight Bare Knuckle Boxing was back with the BKFC 19. The main event of the evening featured a rematch between two former UFC fighters. The popular Paige VanZant was making her second BKFC appearance as she was taking on the debuting Rachael Ostovich.

When these two fought in the UFC back in 2019, it was VanZant that picked up the submission win. That loss is something that Ostovich has wanted to get back and she had her opportunity to do it tonight at BKFC.

BKFC 19 Recap

While VanZant was the betting favorite, Ostovich made it clear from the very beginning that she was there to fight. In the first round, Ostovich blasted VanZant with brutal right hands and power shots. VanZant looked to stay on the outside during this one.

In the second round, VanZant found her rhythm at BKFC 19. VanZant used her jab and distance to even up the fight in my opinion. However, Ostovich got the timing back in round three and started blasting VanZant. Ostovich did some serious damage with brutal hooks and in my opinion, she won the third round.

In the fourth round, VanZant started out well as she worked her jab. However, VanZant was rocked badly by big shots from Ostovich halfway through the round. Ostovich put on the pressure as VanZant was on wobbly legs.

VanZant was able to survive to the end, but in my opinion, it was 3-1 Ostovich heading into the final round. In the final round. VanZant started the final round at BKFC 19 with some urgency. You could tell she was feeling the pressure.

VanZant opened with some lead left hooks as Ostovich remained patient. However, Ostovich would explode into power shots that backed up VanZant. VanZant looked calculated in the final round and landed some really nice shots.

However, late in the round, Ostovich appeared to rock her again. The final round was extremely close, but in my opinion, it was a clear win for Rachael Ostovich at BKFC 19.

Rachael Ostovich def. Paige VanZant by Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

BKFC 19: VanZant vs. Ostovich special PPV features Chuck Liddell’s commentary

The BKFC 19: VANZANT vs. OSTOVICH Friday night in Tampa, Florida will have a special pay-per-view edition featuring UFC Hall of Famer “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell’s commentary.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship President David Feldman, Daniel Hollaway & Ross Patterson, co-founders of the Drinkin’ Bros Network, and Michael Weber, COO of FITE, announced Thursday the ground-breaking PPV edition of the broadcast, which will be exclusively on FITE.

“I’m excited to work with FITE and The Drinkin’ Bros to provide this unprecedented live viewing option for fight fans,” said Feldman. “Chuck Liddell is an icon in combat sports, and The Drinkin’ Bros is one of the most outrageous networks ever – we are always up to break boundaries and do things our way – so we feel this a perfect fit for BKFC and we appreciate
FITE for stepping up to make this happen.”

Joining Liddell in the special PPV booth are Holloway and Patterson.

The BKFC 19 main event features the return of the ultra-popular striker Paige VanZant in an epic ‘rematch’ with Rachael Ostovich. The pair last fought in UFC, with VanZant winning via second-round submission. The co-main event sees a heavyweight title fight between current BKFC Champion Arnold Adams and Thai Boxer and knockout artist Michael Terrill.

The BKFC 19: VANZANT VS OSTOVICH starts at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT and is available for only $39.99. The “Drinkin’ Bros” featuring Chuck Liddell special edition of BKFC can be purchased on FITE at: https://www.jdoqocy.com/click-100451846-14696144

“This weekend, veterans don’t have to drink alone or watch fights alone,” said Hollaway. “We are honored to have this opportunity to present the Drinkin’ Bros edition of BKFC 19 to our fans and followers, and we are beyond excited for the fights. We’ve been big fans of BKFC since the start.”

This special collaboration is made possible by Jen Wenk, APR, STAR Public Relations, and Adam Roorda, principal, MMA Power Hour, who all served as concept originators and developers.

“FITE prides itself on its streaming technology, media, marketing, and partnerships,” said Kim Hurwitz, FITE’s Chief Marketing Officer. “When this opportunity arose, it seemed like something our FITE fans would enjoy, because we’re fight fans too.”

Also part of the live PPV card is Britain Hart in her first fight back since defeating VanZant in her much-hyped debut to bare knuckle fighting. Hart takes on Jenny “Savage” Clausius, who fans may remember from Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” web series. In a special attraction, famed rapper and former D2 college quarterback, Blueface (Tiktok: @bluefacebleedem) will make his bare knuckle premiere against the comedian and TikTok badboy, Kane Trujillio (@kane).

Tampa favorite Geane Herrera enters the BKFC squared circle once again to take on “The Nightmare” Abdiel Velasquez in a 125 lb. bout, followed by the 125 lb. female matchup Taylor “Killa Bee” Starling vs. Cassie “The Hulk” Robb, who is making her BKFC debut.

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Christine Ferea returns to headline BKFC in September

While Paige VanZant and Britain Hart headline a stacked women’s card in the BKFC 19, Christine “Misfit” Ferea‘s time is coming soon.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship President David Feldman bared that Ferea will headline a BKFC event in September in Florida.

“She’ll face an undefeated professional boxer. We’re gonna announce that [Thursday]. She has a good test in front of her,” Feldman told Empire Sports Media ahead of the BKFC 19 this Friday.

“[Christine] is certainly in the mix for that 125 lb belt. She’s been here for a long time. She has always fought very well and dominated a lot of her opponents.”

Ferea hadn’t fought since September 11 last year, when she won over Callie Cutler via TKO in the second round. Ferea has a 3-1 record in the BKFC, with her only loss coming at the hands of former women’s champion Helen Peralta.

Feldman said that a BKFC women’s championship is in the works down the line. If Ferea makes a successful comeback, she will be a strong contender to take the belt.

“We have a lot of different girls that could really compete in that little tournament for a championship. We’re gonna go over that next week. We want to see the results first of the Paige VanZant-Rachael Ostovich and the Britain Hart-Jenny Paige fights,” Feldman said.

Ferea beat Hart in BKFC in 2019, while she defeated Ostovich at Invicta back in 2017.

Meanwhile, VanZant hopes for a knockout win against Ostovich Friday to redeem herself from a disappointing BKFC debut loss to Hart. A VanZant and Hart win at BKFC 19 will make the women’s division more interesting, with Ferea returning to the picture. A Ferea-Hart or Ferea-Ostovich rematch is also an intriguing possibility.

The BKFC 19 will air on FITE.TV (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT) in addition to the BKTV APP for existing subscribers.

Advance tickets starting at $65 are now on sale through BKFC.com. The Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. ET, with the first bell at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Paige VanZant out for redemption in BKFC 19 as Pedro Diaz beefs up her camp

With the addition of a world-renowned boxing trainer to her camp, Paige VanZant goes for a knockout in her second fight in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

VanZant is out to prove that her debut loss to Britain Hart was just a fluke when she fights Rachael Ostovich on Friday at the main event of the BKFC 19 at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa.

Vanzant has enlisted the services of Pedro Diaz, who has trained seven world boxing champions, including Miguel Cotto and Guillermo Rigondeaux. She’s splitting time with Diaz and at the American Top Team.

“I had an amazing training camp in Miami, Florida. Pedro Diaz will be in my corner. It’s been a great experience, and I’m really confident going into this one,” VanZant told Empire Sports Media on Wednesday.

VanZant is familiar with her second BKFC opponent. She has previously beaten Ostovich in the UFC two years ago via submission. While she has the mental edge and the BKFC experience, VanZant isn’t leaving anything to chance.

“Of course, I’m going to go for a knockout. But the most important thing is really for me to fight smart. That’s gonna get me the win,” VanZant said.

VanZant is coming to this fight with the momentum of her solid showing in the final two rounds against Hart, where she started to look comfortable with the new combat sport.

“I think it was just getting the experience of knowing what to expect, knowing how the fight is going to feel. There were a lot of changes coming from MMA, especially in terms of the style of fighting,” Vanzant said. “Hopefully, you’ll see a better boxer. That’s the plan.”

BKFC President David Feldman expects an explosive fight between the two women who are out to prove that this sport is for them. 

“People say it’s a rematch but it’s not really a rematch since it’s a different sport,” Feldman told Empire Sports Media. There’s a lot of storylines in this fight. And a lot of curiosity here.”

The VanZant-Ostrovich fight headlines a stacked BKFC 19 card that also includes Hart vs. Jenny Savage grudge match and the heavyweight fight between former BKFC heavyweight champion Arnold Adams (4-1) and the undefeated Michael Terrill (4-0), where the winner could have a shot at reigning champion Joey Beltran.

The BKFC 19 will air on FITE.TV (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT) in addition to the BKTV APP for existing subscribers.

Advance tickets starting at $65 are now on sale through BKFC.com. The Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. ET, with the first bell at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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