UFC’s Paige VanZant to undergo second surgery to repair broken arm

Paige VanZant won’t be returning to action anytime soon.

The UFC women’s flyweight announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday that the surgery she underwent in January for a broken arm was unsuccessful. VanZant said despite the surgery, her arm has not healed at all since suffering the damage in a fight against Jessica-Rose Clark in January at UFC St. Louis.

“For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression,” VanZant wrote in the statement. “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.”

VanZant plans to have a second surgery in July, she said. And she said she has no intention of jumping the gun by returning to the gym sooner than she should this time.

“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,” the 24-year-old wrote. “I will take the time off to heal this go around.”

If you think VanZant’s delay in recovery will eventually mark the end of her MMA career, think again.

“I will be back to the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future,” VanZant wrote. “Send some prayers up for me for recovery.”

VanZant has lost three of her last four fights, including her recent flyweight debut against Clark. Her lone win in the past three years is a knockout of Bec Rawlings in August 2016.

In April, she launched her first book, Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life.

❗️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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