Holly Holm has been cleared to step back into the Octagon again and the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is looking to fight again before the end of the year.
Holm has been on a downward spiral as of late as she lost her title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March before suffering a unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 20 in July.
During her fight with Shevchenko, Holm injured her hand and decided it was time to step away and focus on being fully fit before returning.
“I was pushing pretty hard through the last couple fights and maybe that took a toll in me not just physically, but mentally,” Holm had told KOB 4 in Albuquerque last month. “I’ll focus on some things I need to get taken care of outside of the fighting world.”
Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez also believes that her hand injury was a blessing in disguise as it would allow the former champion to rest and recuperate before making her comeback.
“I think everything happens for a reason,” Fresquez said. “I think Holly needed a bit of a break. Her knee was acting up a bit. So I think it was a blessing in disguise that’s going to give her body time to recover.”
According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Holm has had the cast removed from her hand and has already begun training with the hopes that she will be able to fight once more before the end of 2016.
“Btw, I'm told the cast on Holly Holm's hand is off and she's back in gym. All goes well, still plans to get another fight in this year,” Okamoto said via Twitter.
It is unclear who Holm would face if she were to fight again this year, but what it clear is the fact that she will be looking to snap her two-fight losing streak.