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Holm has surgery on thumb broken in Chicago loss

Holly Holm underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning to repair a badly broken left thumb suffered during the Albuquerque MMA fighter’s July 23 loss to Valentina Shevchenko in Chicago, Holm’s agent said Wednesday.

Albuquerque’s Lenny Fresquez, referring to the thumb as having been “shattered,” said the injury occurred in the first round of the match on a “UFC on Fox” card at the United Center. Holm lost by unanimous decision.

Rehabilitation from the injury will require from six to eight weeks, Fresquez said, meaning that Holm won’t resume training until mid-September or October and will not return to competition until November or December at the earliest.

“She’ll be fine,” Fresquez said. “She’ll come back stronger than ever.”

The surgery was performed in Albuquerque at Presbyterian Hospital, he said.

Holm said nothing about the thumb injury in post-fight interviews and has posted nothing regarding it since then on social media.

She is a left-handed fighter, meaning the left is her power hand. The former world champion boxer never stopped throwing the left during the fight but did so sparingly and with little effect.

Holm is 10-2 as an MMA fighter, 3-2 in UFC competition. She has lost two fights in a row for the first time in her combat-sports career, having lost to Miesha Tate in the first defense of the UFC women’s bantamweight title she’d won with her stunning upset victory over Ronda Rousey in Australia last November.

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