Holly Holm was expected to return to the Octagon at UFC 243 in Australia against Raquel Pennington.
However, “The Preacher’s Daughter” suffered an injury that forced her out of the matchup. Longtime coach Mike Winkeljohn spoke to BJPenn.com to provide an update on the former women’s bantamweight champion. Winkeljohn said fans will be seeing Holm soon and expects her to return in early 2020.
“Early next year. She ripped a lot of muscle of her tendon working out one day and it is one of those injuries that you need to let heal,” Winkeljohn said. “We will be seeing her soon.”
Holm comes off a knockout loss to Amanda Nunes, who she challenged for the 145-pound title, at UFC 239. Rather than try to re-book her scheduled fight with Pennington, Winkeljohn said he’d like to see Holm take on Aspen Ladd instead.
“Aspen Ladd would be great, we would love that fight,” Winkeljohn said. “Especially after what she said when Holm got the title fight and that fight never happened. So, Holly would love would to get into the cage with that young lady. I don’t know, Raquel Pennington is still there.”
What do you think about Winkeljohn wanting Holm to face Aspen Ladd next?