Hidden behind the circus which of the UFC 228 weigh-ins was news of a former champion undergoing surgery. According to a report by ESPN, Holly Holm went under the knife yesterday for a procedure to repair an injured meniscus.
The report cited Holm’s agent, Lenny Fresquez claiming the former bantamweight champion has a four week recovery period following the procedure. This is her first procedure of the kind. The plan for Holm is a return in early 2019, therefore forfeiting the remainder of 2018. Also stated by Holm’s agent is her desired next opponent. In her return to action, she wishes to meet bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.
Holly Holm Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
2018 was a slow year for the top featherweight and bantamweight contender. Her only competition was a dominant performance over Megan Anderson in her UFC debut. Before earning her first win in the women’s featherweight division, Holm challenged Cris Cyborg for the 145 lb. title. Cyborg earned the unanimous decision victory, controlling the fight over the course of the scheduled five rounds.
This loss brought Holm to 0-2 as a featherweight. Her first loss came back at UFC 208 when Germaine de Randamie narrowly edged Holm on the scorecards to become the inaugural women’s featherweight champion.
UFC Women’s Featherweight Division
Following UFC 219 (Holm’s loss to Cyborg) the life of the UFC’s women’s featherweight division only lived through title bouts. Three female featherweight fights occurred and each was for the title; UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie, UFC 214: Cyborg vs. Evinger, and UFC 219: Holm vs. Cyborg. Holm had fought in as many featherweight title fights as Cyborg had, yet she never held the title.
It wasn’t until Holm took on Megan Anderson at UFC 225 that the UFC’s featherweight division branched outside of title challenges.
The journey of Holly Holm in the UFC is less than ordinary. There is credence to the idea that Holly Holm is one of the greatest fighters of all time. Before losing in dramatic fashion to Miesha Tate at UFC 200, Holm held an undefeated record (10-0) with 6 KOs. One of the six is the infamous dethroning head kick of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.
Since then her record sits at 2-4. She holds an overall UFC record of 5-4.
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