Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will be in the sidelines for the rest of the year. According to a report by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, “The Preacher’s Daughter” had successfully undergone knee surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus.
The news was relayed to Helwani by Holm’s agent Lenny Fresquez, who is expecting the 36-year-old Jackson-Wink fighter to be back by early 2019. The report adds that this procedure marked Holm’s first-ever knee surgery throughout the 16 years that she has competed in both boxing and mixed martial arts.
According to Fresquez, Holm is targeting her return fight to be against current 135-pound women’s champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes, meanwhile, is currently booked to face women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 on December 29th in Las Vegas, the company’s annual year-end card.
Holm (12-4, with eight wins by knockout) last fought at UFC 225 in Chicago last June, where she faced the debuting Megan Anderson. She won the fight via unanimous decision.