UFC flyweight Paige VanZant suffered a broken arm in her last bout against Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night 124 in January 2018. Following the injury, “12 Gauge” underwent surgery and was currently in the process of recovering. Unfortunately, the No. 14-ranked flyweight contender provided an update on her recovery Tuesday, June 12, and the prognosis was not good.
According to VanZant, her first surgery was a complete failure.
As a result, she will be forced to remain on the sidelines as she waits to undergo the knife again next month. This time, doctors will take parts of her hip to fill in the fracture before placing another metal plate to keep her arm in place.
VanZant provided the update in a post on social media.
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.
This is an obvious setback for VanZant and one that could keep her on the sideline for the remainder of the year. It’s bad timing for the lay-off, as the 24-year-old is on a two-fight losing streak. Of course, she is still young in her career and will have plenty of time to come back stronger than ever to continue her climb up the division.