Paige VanZant’s return to the Octagon will have to be delayed once again.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight is set for surgery after re-injuring her broken arm, according to ESPN. This will be the third time VanZant will have surgery on her arm.
"I actually sparred last month and was doing strength and conditioning," the 25-year-old said. "I wanted to be on the UFC card on July 20 in Texas, but my chiropractor wanted me to get my arm checked out again before accepting a fight. I saw a surgeon who works with the Portland Trail Blazers, and he told me, 'Yes, you 100 percent need surgery.’”
According to the report, VanZant says she will miss approximately three months but hopes to return to the Octagon later this year. She is currently on the final fight of her contract and is coming off a triumph over Rachael Ostovich at UFC Brooklyn this past January. She believes a two-fight winning streak would show the Las Vegas-based promotion she is a legitimate contender at flyweight.
"I want to be moving forward off two wins and be able to say, 'This is how good I am.' I want them to see that,” VanZant said about her upcoming contract negotiations. “Not just fans, even the UFC, they can move on quickly to the next star. I want to remind them I'm a star. I have one fight left. I'm going to have this surgery and get that fight over with.”