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.