Holly Holm has suffered an injury and will not fight Raquel Pennington on Oct. 5 in Australia as scheduled, the Albuquerque MMA fighter’s agent confirmed Friday evening.
The injury is not serious and certainly not career-threatening, Lenny Fresquez said in a phone interview, but severe enough that the fight, scheduled for UFC 243 in Melbourne, had to be canceled.
Fresquez declined to disclose the nature of the injury.
“Hopefully we can reschedule for a month or two later,” he said.
The story first was reported by Ariel Helwani of espn.com.
For Holm, the Pennington fight would have been a return to Melbourne’s Marvel (then Etihad) Stadium, the site of her greatest triumph — a dramatic upset of previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey for the UFC bantamweight title on Nov. 14, 2015.
But it was not to be.
Alerted to the injury on Thursday, Fresquez had Holm undergo an MRI.
“What we thought was wrong was wrong,” he said. “Holly still wanted to fight, but I told her no, Mike (Winkeljohn, Holm’s primary coach) and I. She’s got to be 100 percent.”
The Pennington fight was to be a rematch of Holm’s UFC debut, which Holm won by split decision at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015. Seven months and two fights later, Holm defeated Rousey for the title.
Holm lost the title to Miesha Tate in her next fight and since then has lost four of six fights. She is 12-5 overall, 5-5 in UFC competition.