TNN’s Aaron Bronsteter spoke with UFC President Dana White on Thursday and he asked about the controversy around the decision to book Greg Hardy on the same card as Rachael Ostovich for UFC’s ESPN+ debut show in January.
Hardy was found guilty on two counts of domestic violence several years ago. The prosecutor’s office dropped the charges, citing their inability to locate the victim, and “reliable information” that the two parties had reached a civil settlement. He later transitioned from the NFL to MMA. Ostovich recently sustained injuries at the hands of her husband but plans on fighting Paige VanZant next month.
White said, “I called Rachael Ostovich and talked to her and her take on it was his story isn’t my story.”
White said she was “totally cool with it” and her support was a key factor in making the decision to book Hardy on the card.
White was asked if both of them would do media together. At this point, he says it’s not something he’s thinking about but it can be made into an issue if the media chooses to.
He added, “Everyone can make it an issue if they want to. Rachael Ostovich doesn’t have an issue with it and that’s all that matters to me.”
Ostovich has not said anything publicly about Hardy being added to the show.
Dana White discusses the decision to have Greg Hardy compete on January 19th, the same card as Rachael Ostovich, a recent victim of domestic violence.
White has spoken to Rachael since Hardy was added to hear her feelings on it. Hardy will remain on the card despite the backlash pic.twitter.com/6EHMIXS9lm
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 6, 2018
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