Based on her own description, it appears that an occurrence of hamstring tendinitis was the cause of Albuquerque MMA fighter Holly Holm’s withdrawal from Saturday’s scheduled fight on UFC 243 against Raquel Pennington in Melbourne, Australia.
On Friday, espn.com’s Ariel Helwani reported that Holm had withdrawn. Later that day, Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s agent and longtime Albuquerque promoter, confirmed the report but declined to reveal the nature of the injury.
On Saturday, Holm posted the following on Instagram:
“I don’t know the scientific term, but the ligament or the tendon that attaches my hamstring to my bone, I tore 30 percent of it last week in training.
“The good news is I don’t need surgery, but one week is just not enough time to be ready to fight. So I’ll be rehabbing it and be back at it soon.”
Holm called her withdrawal “something that is super heavy on my heart and (that) I’m super bummed out about, going through a whole training camp and not be able to make it to the fight.
“And not just for me. This was a training camp for Raquel Pennington as well, my opponent who I have a lot of respect for.”
Saturday’s fight was to have been a rematch of a Feb. 28, 2015 fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles, won via split decision by Holm, who was making her UFC debut.
For Holm, the fight at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium would have been a return to the site of her greatest triumph — a victory by second-round TKO over previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey on Nov. 14, 2015. The shocking upset earned Holm the UFC bantamweight title and catapulted her into international combat-sports fame.
But Holm lost her title to Miesha Tate in her first defense and since then has lost five of seven fights — though all five of her losses have come against opponents who are or have been UFC champions.
Holm is 12-5 overall. Pennington, of Colorado Springs, is 10-7.