Fans hoping to see UFC flyweight Paige VanZant (7-4-0) return to action in the near future will have to wait a little longer after the popular flyweight confirmed that she won’t be making an appearance in the octagon any time soon.
VanZant took to Instagram last night to share the disappointing news that her surgery to repair the break in her right arm had not been successful and that further surgical intervention is required.
“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 is still 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 in the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future. Send some prayers up for me for my recovery. Thank you.”
VanZant picked up the injury against Jessica-Rose Clarke at UFC St Louis in January. Speaking on her Instagram account after the fight, the 24-year-old confirmed that she suffered a broken arm when throwing a spinning back fist during the first round. VanZant went on to lose the contest by unanimous decision but received praise from the majority of the MMA community for the heart she showed in fighting for more than two full rounds with a broken arm.
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Well… I broke my arm in the first! I was able to finish the fight but as you can see, had a hard time recovering and throwing my right. Thank you to the @ufc and to my opponent. Thank you to my coaches and most importantly my head coach’s @therealburkecamp and @fabianoscherner . I’ll be back better and stronger than ever! 💪🏼🦁 it’s all apart of the fight game. God had other plans for me. 🙏🏼 darn spinning back fist.
The loss to Clarke leaves VanZant with just one win in her last four appearances, after a promising start which saw the former strawweight begin her UFC career with three consecutive victories.