Holly Holm Taking Break From UFC Following Surgery

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is taking a break from MMA following surgery for a broken thumb, which is an injury she sustained in her fight against Valentina Shevchenko last month.

Naturally, this time off could be really good for Holm, since it’s been such a rough 2016 for the fighter already. Despite her meteoric rise after knocking out then-undefeated Ronda Rousey last November at UFC 193, luck hasn’t exactly been on Holm’s side. She lost the women’s bantamweight title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March, and went on to lose to Shevchenko via unanimous decision at UFC On FOX 20. Holm, who came in to 2016 undefeated, has two losses on her record now.

However, Holm herself admits this break could be exactly what she needs following these whirlwind nine months since the Rousey knockout.

“Yeah, I was pushing pretty hard through the last couple fights,” Holm said, in an interview with KOB4 in Albuquerque. “Maybe that took a toll on me, not just physically but mentally.”

Holly Holm Taking Break From UFC Following Surgery

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Ultimately, with just six weeks of recovery time, Holm could theoretically book another fight before 2016 ends. Maybe she could even manage to make the card for UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden. Granted, I can’t think of many fights that would draw, consider Holm’s stock has taken a hit these past few months. But if, as rumors have suggested, Ronda Rousey makes her long-awaited return at UFC’s New York show, then I could easily see the company booking a rematch between Rousey and Holm. Hell, I could see it being the main event of the card, even. With Holm down to No. 4 in the women’s bantamweight rankings, she’ll need a big fight, and an even bigger win, to get herself back in title contention.

But what do you think? Can Holm get back on track? Sound off in the comments!

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