Coming off her upset unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 20 last month, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has undergone successful thumb surgery to repair her injured thumb Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto:
“She had eight pins inserted into her hand,” Fresquez said. “We’d still like to fight by the end of the year. As far as an opponent, we’ll have to see who comes up. Whoever she fights, Holly needs to take care of business.”
‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ will be unable to use her left hand for six weeks according to doctors orders.
Holm, previously undefeated in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), reached the height of her career after defeating the then-seemingly invincible rock star of MMA Ronda Rousey with a pulverizing head kick in the second round of their title meeting last November.
Following what was possibly the biggest upset in MMA history, Holm would go on to suffer an upset loss of her own when she was choked out in the fifth round of her first career title defense against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 this past March.
After the upsetting loss Holm would attempt to bounce back against Shevchenko, but would instead be dominated by the Russian Muay Thai specialist for the last four rounds of their contest.
It should be interesting to see how the UFC books the former bantamweight champ upon her return, which according to Fresquez, is targeted to be by the year’s end. If Cris Cyborg hadn’t been already linked to a fight with Lina Lansberg, a long-anticipated bout with Holm would certainly be an interesting pairing. For now we’ll just have to wait and see.
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