Going into BKFC 19, fight fans had no idea what to expect during the main event between Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich.
While VanZant got the upper hand in their first fight during their previous run in the UFC in 2019, she had yet to taste victory as a bare-knuckle boxer. Ostovich, on the other hand, was not only looking for revenge but also to erase the memory of her submission loss in 2019.
But after five rounds of hard-fought action, it was Ostovich who emerged victorious with a bloody decision victory.
Below is how their fellow fighters reacted to the entire night of action in Tampa.
Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich
I thought Ostivich won the fight pretty clearly. Why was Paige so upset that she stormed off?— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 24, 2021
Na I thought PVZ did more with tactical striking with hitting and not being hit— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) July 24, 2021
Congratulations @rachaelostovich what an amazing display of heart and determination.— CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) July 24, 2021
I’m confused on how Paige thought she won— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) July 24, 2021
Rachael gave her lickens— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) July 24, 2021
Beautiful work ladies. Loved that fight #BKFC19— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) July 24, 2021
Thought that was Rachel’s win by a long shot, power, precision, wobbled her big in the 4th. Good fight tho by both, the ladies did steal the show! (unless the champ wants a title fight right away) Bec vs Paige and Rachel vs Hart next?— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) July 24, 2021
Best of the rest
I'm only here to see blueface— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) July 24, 2021
Oh snap what a way to go out— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) July 24, 2021
That was a better punch than he threw on the fight— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) July 24, 2021
When the influencers are on a bare knuckle card wearing boxing gloves. pic.twitter.com/UtuYTt8aDQ— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) July 24, 2021
Boxing is a joke— The Golden Boy (@edmenshahbazyan) July 24, 2021