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Ex-UFC beauty joins Russian star in Bare Knuckle FC move

Ex-UFC beauty joins Russian star in Bare Knuckle FC move

Ex-UFC beauty Rachael Ostovich joins Russian star Ekaterina Makarova in Bare Knuckle FC move – setting up Paige VanZant rematch.

UFC fighters and social media sensations Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich could fight each other again in a bare knuckle match after Ostovich followed her old rival into the sport, joined by Russian brawler Ekaterina Makarova.

MMA pin-up Ostovich is set to fight for the first time since November, when she lost her third straight UFC scrap, after becoming the newest signing for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), which made VanZant its best-known star when she joined the promotion last year.

Ostovich joined BKFC shortly after it also signed Ekaterina Makarova, an undefeated Moscow fighter who previously appeared for Russian promotion Top Dog and is expected to make her debut in June.

The development means that beauty brand owner Ostovich could rematch VanZant, the former rival she lost to in January 2019, which turned out to be VanZant’s final win in the UFC.

That was also VanZant’s most recent MMA victory following her points defeat to ex-boxer Britain Hart on her BKFC debut in February, although the newcomer and the promotion appeared keen to continue their apparently productive early relationship despite her unsuccessful start.

Signing the trio of popular female fighters appears to be a marketing dream for BKFC and a way of appealing to new audiences, with VanZant having more than 2.8 million followers on Instagram, where Ostovich boasts more than 743,000 admirers.

Featherweight Makarova, 24, does not quite have the pair’s stratospheric profile at this stage but is clearly a rising star and has signed an “exclusive promotional deal”.

“We are keeping a close eye on a lot of talent developing in Russia and looking to bring the best to BKFC,” said Dave Feldman, the promotion president, announcing the move.

“Ekaterina is just that: one very tough lady who has tremendous ability and is as strong and skilled as they come. This marks our second signing from Russia in as many months as she joins Evgeniy Kurdanov who joined our team in March.”

When male light-heavyweight Kurdanov signed up, Feldman pointed to the “huge” appeal held by BKFC in Russia, which the promotion hopes to tap into.

Another experienced fighter to have joined BKFC in the past week is Pearl Gonzalez, the 34-year-old former UFC and Invicta FC strawweight.

“I made the biggest sacrifice of my life, packed up everything and moved to Brooklyn, New York permanently to train with the greatest female boxer in the world,” revealed Gonzalez to her vast Instagram following of almost 240,000, explaining that she was joining a training facility part-run by legendary female boxer Cindy Serrano.

“I promise to dedicate my life to becoming the next BKFC world champ and couldn’t be happier to start this new chapter in my life.”

Also on rt.com ‘This is the dawn of a new sport’: First Russian Bare Knuckle FC star Evgeny Kurdanov talks MMA future after transformative year

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Royal Pagaille looks to stop Rachael Blackmore and Al Boum Photo

Cheltenham Festival tips: Royal Pagaille looks to stop Rachael Blackmore and Al Boum Photo

He won his only start in France by a head but commands respect coming from such a prolific stable despite being short of experience.

The decision to pitch novice GOWEL ROAD (1.55, ITV) into the competitive McCoy County Hurdle can pay off.

He is on a decent handicap mark and is improving with every outing. There was plenty to like about his latest victory at Newbury last month where he beat Good Ball.

This wayward character will be suited by the first-time cheek pieces.

STATTLER (2.30, ITV) had his credentials enhanced after Gaillard Du Mesnil chased home Bob Oliger on Wednesday in the Ballymore Hurdle.

The gelding had finished a respectable third behind Gaillard Du Mesnil at Leopardstown last month.

The step up to three miles in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle will be ideal for the six-year-old.

BILLWAY (3.40, ITV) can make amends for his second place behind Came To Pass in last year’s St James’s Hunter Chase by taking this season’s prize.

Connections blamed his defeat on running too free and numerous jumping errors. This term he has gave the impression that he has now put that behind him by winning his last two starts.

Mullins, the festival’s leading trainer, can sign off the meeting with victory by taking the Martin Pipe Hurdle with GENTLEMAN DE MEE (4.50, nb).

Cheltenham 2021 results LIVE: Day three schedule, Rachael Blackmore aiming for fourth win

Cheltenham 2021 results LIVE: Day three schedule, Rachael Blackmore aiming for fourth win
This year’s Cheltenham Festival has already thrown up plenty of excitement from Rachael Blackmore’s historic ride on Tuesday to Tiger Roll grabbing his fifth win at the event and there could be more drama on Thursday. It’s a shame that the Cheltenham racecourse isn’t packed to the rafters with spectators this week, but the horses, jockeys and trainers have still put on an excellent show so far.
Tiger Roll stole the headlines on Wednesday as he proved his critics wrong with a dominant victory in the Cross Country Chase.

Blackmore also won in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on board Bob Olinger as well as the Champion Bumper with Sir Gerhard.

And she’s looking for a fourth 2021 Cheltenham victory today when she rides Allaho in the Ryanair Chase.

The 31-year-old may well have a chance in the Mares Novice Hurdle on top of Telmesomethinggirl.


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Cheltenham 2021 results LIVE: Day Three

13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 168y

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13.55 – Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y

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14.30 – Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y

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