Greg Hardy, a former NFL star who has been accused of domestic violence in the past, is competing in the co-main event of the show. Ostovich, who recently was the victim of a domestic violence attack allegedly carried out by her husband, says that Hardy deserves a second chance.
”Nobody’s story is the same, nobody’s situation is the same,” Ostovich said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I have nothing to do with Greg Hardy. I’m just grateful to be fighting again. I believe in second chances. I’m glad he’s making a turnaround. I hope the same can happen to my husband and anyone else who has made a wrong choice.”
The UFC received some criticism for putting the two fighters on the same card, but UFC President Dana White said Ostovich was consulted before that decision was made.
Ostovich also says that the UFC President has been nice and very caring when it comes to her situation.
”[White] was very caring and nice about it,” she said. “I know he gets a lot of heat, but there’s no fishiness surrounding that thing. He was very concerned with my situation from the very beginning. He didn’t even want me to fight, actually. I had to convince and beg him to let me fight.”
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn takes place on Saturday, January 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.