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MMA: Holm undergoes surgery

Albuquerque MMA fighter Holly Holm underwent surgery last week to repair meniscus damage in one knee and will be out of action for the remainder of 2018, Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s longtime Albuquerque promoter, said on Tuesday.

The story first was reported by Ariel Helwani of

Fresquez said the injury was not serious but that it had been bothering Holm as far back as July 2016, when she lost to Valentina Shevchenko in Chicago.

“It just needed cleaning up, tightening up a little bit,” he said.

Holm (12-4) will be able to resume training in five weeks or so, Fresquez said, and conceivably could fight again before the year is out. But the fight she wants, for the UFC bantamweight title that she once held by virtue of her upset victory over Ronda Rousey in 2015, cannot happen until next year.

Current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is scheduled to face featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 29. That fight will have no effect on Nunes’ status as bantamweight champion.

Fresquez has said that he, on Holm’s behalf, would not accept anything less than a title fight.

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