Authorities in Hawaii have launched an investigation into an alleged second-degree assault on UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich after the athlete was badly injured in an attack.
Honolulu Police Department spokesperson Sarah Yoro told MMAFighting.com that an incident involving “a 27-year-old female victim and a 27-year-old male suspect" occurred on Nov. 18 at around 2 a.m.
“[The] victim suffered head injuries and was treated at a hospital,” Yoro said of the altercation, which stemmed from an argument between the two in the Waianae section of Honolulu County.
No arrest was made at the time, no were the names of either the suspect or the victim.
First reported by TMZ, ESPN later confirmed that Ostovich had suffered a broken orbital bone — the part of the skull that holds the eyes — and was released from a hospital shortly after the incident through her manager, Sucker Punch Management CEO Brian Butler-Au.
Ostovich filed a restraining order against her husband, fellow MMA fighter Arnold Berdon, in Hawaii on Nov. 19, according to TMZ. The order is set to stay in effect until May 18, 2019.
Sucker Punch on Tuesday posted a statement regarding the alleged incident to its Facebook page, announcing the cancellation of Ostovich's upcoming fight against Paige VanZant.
"A very unfortunate incident occurred Sunday night with Rachael Ostovich that ended with her suffering a fractured orbital and other injuries," the statement said. "As a result of these injuries she will not be able to compete in her upcoming bout with Paige VanZant on January 19th. Rachael is now home from the hospital with her family and will be going back for further checkups on her orbital. The family would like to ask for some privacy as they sort through this matter. We would like to thank the UFC for all their support on this matter as well as the fans and media for your concern."
Ostovich is widely considered a rising star in her sport. Counting a 4-4 record in her professional career and 1-1 record in the UFC, she has been competing with the UFC since 2017 and defeated Karine Gevorgyan by first-round submission in her first match.
She returned in July against Montana De La Rosa but lost by third-round submission.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.