HONOLULU (KHON2) - More than seven months after successfully making her UFC debut, Waianae's Rachael Ostovich will be making her second appearance in the Octagon as part of the organization's International Fight Week.
Ostovich will face off against Montana De La Rosa in a women's flyweight bout on the Ultimate Fighter Finale card on Friday, July 6, in Las Vegas.
At 4-3 in her career, the 27-year-old is ranked 15th in the women's flyweight division after beating Karine Gevorgyan via first-round submission in December.
“For me right now, I think I’m just taking it day by day, and I’m learning to embrace the moment. Taking it, this fight one at a time and just getting those key wins and making it, having it be repetitive, and hopefully of course that title shot is definitely in, I can see it. That’s definitely the goal there, but for now, I’m just focusing on this fight and see where it takes me,” Ostovich told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
De La Rosa (8-4) was Ostovich's housemate as member of the Ultimate Fighter series last year.
She is the 14th-ranked fighter in the division, having won back-to-back fights including her UFC debut against Christina Marks on the same Ultimate Fighter Finale card as Ostovich's first organizational win.
“Me and Montana, we were actually pretty close in the house. That was like one of my girls, but we all knew what it was going into the house that we would eventually fight each other, and I’m excited to fight her, because I know she’s a good fighter," said Ostovich.
Ostovich joins fellow Hawaii fighter Yancy Medeiros at UFC's International Fight Week as Medeiros will face Mike Perry in a welterweight bout the following night at UFC 226.
It's widely speculated that Waianae's Max Holloway will be defending his featherweight title against top contender Brian Ortega at UFC 226, but no official announcement has been made at this time.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR HAWAII'S UFC FIGHTERS
UFC 225 - June 9th // Chicago, IL
Dan Ige (Haleiwa) vs. Mike Santiago
Ultimate Fighter Finale - July 6th // Las Vegas, NV
Rachael Ostovich (Waianae) vs. Montana De La Rosa
UFC 226 - July 7th // Las Vegas, NV
Yancy Medeiros (Makaha) vs. Mike Perry