Holly Holm left UFC on FOX 20 with a loss on her record, and a broken thumb.
On Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, the former women's bantamweight champion opened up about an injury she suffered in her fight with Valentina Shevchenko back in July and her return to MMA competition.
"I'm hoping to be able to fight soon," Holm stated. "You know ... breaking my thumb in my last fight, it hasn't been 100 percent, but it's almost there. I have been training, it just needs a little more time and I'll be ready to rock and roll ... I'm training, I'm back at the grind."
One may wonder how Holm could possibly be training with a broken thumb that isn't fully healed yet. But "The Preacher's Daughter" has it all figured out, commenting:
"I’m pretty good to go ... I’ve been sparring actually, but I just spar with my left hand, you know. I've been trying to get a little more, kind of throw together some combinations. It’s making me work on a lot of other things, using my jab more and working on combos still. I can’t punch 100 percent with my thumb yet, but about 80 percent, and I can do pull-ups and things now, which is great.
"So, there’s still certain motions I can’t do. But, in a very short amount of time I’m going to be able to go 100 percent before we know it. So I don’t want to start from square one. So that’s why I’ve been training, to kind of keep it moving, keep flowing. I don’t want to feel too out of shape when I’m back up to 100 percent."
It's just a matter of time for Holm to be striking again, with both hands. And, the 35-year-old Holm alluded that she'll likely maker her return to the Octagon by the end of the year, adding:
"It's likely, definitely likely ... when I have my next doctor appointment, I'm sure thats going to be, 'alright, you're 100 percent a go,' but even still I'm able to train right now, so I want to make sure that I'm not starting from square one, so that's why I'm training right now. Like I said, I'm still sparring and I just tell the guys, 'do whatever you want to do, I dont want to stop you from training ... just don't take me down,' cause it wasn't good for me to break the fall necessarily ... other than that, I've been training. I just spar with one hand not two, and it's been working out, so I just keep with it."
With only a few fight cards left on the 2016 calendar, and many of them already fully booked, it seems logical for Holm, a former women's bantamweight champion, to fight at #UFC207, where Amanda Nunes will attempt to defend her title against #RondaRousey.