UFC Flyweight Paige VanZant to Undergo Second Surgery on Broken Arm

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 12, 2018


Paige VanZant will be undergoing a second surgery on her broken arm this summer after the first procedure failed.

The UFC flyweight announced the news via Instagram on Tuesday. VanZant hasn’t competed since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan. 14. VanZant broke her arm in the opening round of that bout.

“I unfortunately and sadly have to inform all of my fans who have been standing by my side that my arm surgery has failed,” VanZant wrote. “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.”

As a result, the former “Dancing with the Stars” runnerup will go under the knife again in July.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

The 24-year-old is 4-3 during her UFC tenure, with notable wins over Felice Herrig and Bec Rawlings. “12 Gauge” owns a 7-4 career mark since making her pro debut in July 2012.

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.

A post shared by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzantufc) on Jun 12, 2018 at 1:08pm PDT

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