Paige VanZant: 'More serious' surgery to repair broken arm will delay UFC return

UFC women’s strawweight Paige VanZant expected to be out of the octagon for six months while she recovered from a broken arm suffered in her last fight. Unfortunately, that timetable has been pushed back.

VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) today reported her right arm is not healing as expected after a corrective surgery “failed.”

“For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression,” Van Zant wrote on her official Instagram page. “All that we can guess is that I went back to training too quickly and didn’t give my arm the proper time to heal without any motion.”

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❗Arm Update❗ I unfortunately and sadly have to inform all of my fans who have been standing by my side that my arm surgery has failed. For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression. All that we can guess is that I went back to training too quickly and didn’t give my arm the proper time to heal without any motion. This is the downfall of athletes, pushing through pain when they should not. I will be going in for another more serious surgery next month where they will take bone fragments from my hip to fill the break and put another bigger plate in. I will take the time off to heal this go around. I will be back to the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future. Send some prayers up for me for recovery. Thank you.

VanZant in March said she was three months away from being able to punch again. She said she was staying in shape in anticipation of a “guaranteed” return in six months.

On her Instagram page last month, she posted several pictures of gym workouts, including one with the caption, “Still training everyday. Still on the grind.”

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Just because I don’t share the process doesn’t mean there is no progress. Still training everyday. Still on the grind. Still addicted to this sport and craving the feeling of being under those lights. I’m coming back. I need it. #UFC #paigevanzant #2018 #return 📸: @kins777

But after some bad news from doctors, it looks like that grind will have to come to a halt.

“I will be going in for another more serious surgery next month where they will take bone fragments from my hip to fill the break and put another bigger plate in,” VanZant wrote today. “I will take the time off to heal this go around.”

VanZant broke her arm throwing a spinning backfist at Jessica-Rose Clark during an FS1-televised co-headliner at UFC Fight Night 124 in January. VanZant went on to lose a decision, which left her at 1-3 in her past four UFC outings.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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