Paige VanZant will have to go under the knife. Again.
The popular UFC flyweight announced Tuesday on social media that she requires a second surgery on her broken right arm after her first procedure “failed.” VanZant speculated that she may have returned to training too soon and didn’t give her right arm “the proper time to heal without any motion.” Her second surgery, which VanZant described as “more serious,” is scheduled for July.
VanZant, 24, broke her arm in the opening round of her UFC St. Louis fight against Jessica-Rose Clark in January. “PVZ” went on to lose the bout via unanimous decision, her third loss over her last four fights.
VanZant was originally targeting a late-summer return to the Octagon, however those plans have changed following the latest complications with her injured arm.
VanZant’s complete statement regarding her second surgery can be read below.
“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.”