Holm undergoes thumb surgery

Holly Holm will be out of action for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken thumb.

Holm suffered the injury during her shock unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 20 on July 23.

While most would see the injury as a setback for the former women’s bantamweight champion, her manager Lenny Fresquez believes that the time off is much-needed as ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ is looking to bounce back from two successive losses.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Fresquez told reporters. “I think Holly needed a little bit of a break. Her knee had been acting up a little bit.

“I think it’s a blessing in disguise, so it’s going to give her body time to recover.”

Speaking to KOB4 in Albuquerque recently, Holm admitted that she had been pushing herself harder for her last few fights and added that she now has an opportunity to focus on life outside the Octagon.

“Yeah, I was pushing pretty hard through the last couple fights,” Holm said. “Maybe that took a toll on me, not just physically but mentally.

“I’m going to focus on some other things that I need to take care of outside of the fighting world.”