Back in November, UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich was attacked by her husband Arnold Berdon, also an MMA Fighter. This grisly incident, which Ostovich was thankfully able to escape, left her in the hospital with a broken orbital bone.
Berdon was initially charged with attempted murder, but this charge was later demoted to second-degree assault, a felony. He previously plead not guilty, but according to a report from MMA Fighting, has pleaded no contest. Per MMA Fighting‘s report, “the no-contest plea means Berdon will not contest the case, but he does not admit guilt. It is considered a conviction.”
Berdon will be sentenced on May 18, and is facing five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000.
In this terrible incident, Berdon is accused of “repeatedly” striking Rachael Ostovich in the head, face and ribs until she was coughing up blood.
The flyweight fighter was granted a restraining order against Berdon, which is valid until 2038. She’s also filed for divorce.
Throughout this ordeal, she has been vocal about her desire to inspire other women who dealing with similar situations.
Rachael Ostovich last fought in January when, after a strong first round, she was submitted by Paige VanZant in the second. In her next most recent outing, she was submitted by Montana De La Rosa. Ostovich is now 4-5 in sum. She is currently awaiting her next challenge inside the Octagon.
Stay glued to BJPENN.com for further updates on the Rachael Ostovich situation, including Berdon’s sentencing in May.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/15/2019.