The husband of UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich was sentenced to four years’ probation Thursday, after he pleaded no-contest in March to assault. Ostovich had accused Arnold Berdon, also an MMA fighter, of punching her repeatedly and breaking an orbital bone in a November attack.
In a Honolulu court Thursday, Ostovich said she wanted to “move forward” and that her daughter needed “to have her father present in her life.” Telling Berdon (via the AP), “You really hurt your wife, you hurt your family,” Judge Trish Morikawa gave him credit for two nights already spent in jail and said that he did not need additional motivation to improve his behavior.
Prosecutors had sought five years in prison for Berdon, 28, describing his attack on Ostovich as “a sustained, brutal assault.” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rawson told the court, “For nearly 10 minutes, the defendant assaulted the victim while she begged for him to stop.”
Before taking Berdon to court a charge on second-degree assault, Honolulu authorities had initially charged him with second-degree attempted murder, after Ostovich filed for a temporary restraining order against him. She said at the time that he left her coughing up blood, gasping for breath and nauseous, and that she escaped from their residence via a balcony.
Ostovich additionally accused Berdon of getting prior to now attacked her in Would possibly of final yr, leaving bruises on her leg in that incident. Their divorce decree was once filed on Wednesday, with Ostovich getting complete custody in their six-year-old daughter, in line with Berdon’s legal professional.
“Despite the fact that we’re not in combination, now we have a daughter in combination. I know the way an important it’s to have her father found in her lifestyles,” Ostovich mentioned on the sentencing listening to (by way of Hawaii Information Now). “I’m hoping he will get the lend a hand he must change into a greater father.”
“I’m right here as a result of, sure, what has long past on is not anything I will be able to trade, however I do have the facility to transport ahead, strolling in forgiveness,” she added, “and I’ve.”
A 28-year-old who competes within the UFC’s flyweight department, Ostovich was once anticipated to leave out a scheduled combat in January towards Paige VanZant as a result of her accidents. On the other hand, she ultimately mentioned she was once feeling higher and went thru with the fit, dropping to VanZant by way of a second-round submission and shedding her document to Four-Five.
Berdon, who has maximum lately competed for MMA firms together with Victory FC and Titan FC, pleaded now not to blame in November to the attack price. He then modified his plea to no-contest, reportedly announcing he sought after to spare his circle of relatives a felony combat.
“I’m simply taking complete duty of the entirety, and simply seeking to be a greater individual, now not only for myself however for my daughter,” he mentioned in court docket Thursday. “That’s simply my primary objective ― to acknowledge what went flawed and attach the issue. Simply be a greater individual from it.”
“Granted, they each have been ingesting that night time, but it surely doesn’t trade the truth that despite the fact that either one of them are skilled combined martial arts warring parties and intoxicated, the truth that it rose to the extent that his spouse needed to bounce off the balcony … to run for protection, nonetheless troubles Arnold,” mentioned Berdon’s legal professional, Myles Breiner. “He thinks about it at all times.”
“I wish to thank my spouse for being sturdy for my daughter,” Berdon mentioned.
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