TUF 26 Finale winner Rachael Ostovich wants Hawaii to get its MMA props

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After such a big weekend for the state, Rachael Ostovich hopes the MMA world is no longer sleeping on the talent that Hawaii has produced.

Take this past weekend, for example. Although Hawaii has produced some notable names – former two-division UFC champ B.J. Penn is the most obvious one – the recent UFC doubleheader featured some fresh faces.

This past Saturday at UFC 218, for example, Hawaiian and reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) scored a third-round TKO victory over Jose Aldo (26-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC), and in a featured prelim, Hawaiian slugger Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) scored a stoppage win over lightweight Alex Oliveira (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC).

And a night prior at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, Invicta FC vet Ostovich (4-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a successful UFC debut with a quick submission victory over Karine Gevorgyan (3-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who missed weight, in a 130-pound catchweight affair.

“I was lucky enough to share the weekend Yancy Medeiros and Max Holloway, and I feel like people are finally catching on that we’ve got some serious talent out here on the islands,” Ostovich, a quarterfinalist in the “TUF 26” tournament, recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “If they give us some attention, we can put on a show.

“There’s so much more talent out there. It’s really unbelievable how much talent we have just on our little island.”

Ostovich, who may have first come on some fans’ radar with her Wonder Woman-inspired fight gear while fighting for Invicta FC, is married to up-and-coming bantamweight Arnold Berdon (6-1), who headlines Victory FC 59 on Dec. 16.

The fact that so many Hawaiian fighters are hitting their stride at the same time may be no coincidence.

“I feel like we all want to represent our state, and we all want to do good,” said 26-year-old Ostovich, who credited her close-knit team for her TUF 26 Finale victory. “I feel like once we have that momentum going, we all feed off each other, working hard.

“We’re all being inspired by each other, and it shows in our fights.”

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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VFC 59 headlined by two title fights Dec. 16 in Omaha

VFC intends to conclude 2017 on a high note.

The promotion on Tuesday announced VFC 59, which takes place Dec. 16 at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., will be headlined by two title fights to stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Raufeon Stots will defend his bantamweight title against Arnold Berdon in the main event, while new middleweight champ Yuri Villefort takes on Victor Moreno.

Stots (8-1) is unbeaten in five fights under the VFC banner but will enter his title defense against Berdon (6-1) coming off a loss. Stots was knocked out in just 15 seconds with a spinning back fist by Merab Dvalishvili last June at ROC 59 for the first loss of his career. Berdon will come in on a three-fight winning streak, including back-to-back victories with VFC.

Villefort (10-5) is riding a four-fight winning streak as he prepares to defend his title. It’s been a complete reversal of late for Villefort, who had lost five straight prior to his current streak of victories. The veteran Moreno (39-23), with 62 pro fights under his belt at age 33, has won two in a row.

These are the first two fights announced for VFC 59. The promotion expects to announce the rest of the card soon.

For more on VFC 59, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie