Paige VanZant
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Injury Arm
Est. Return 12/1/2019
Hints at strawweight return
June 19, 2019
VanZant (arm) told Farah Hannoun and Steven Marrocco of that she is considering a return to the strawweight division for the final fight of her UFC contract.
VanZant is 1-1 in the UFC since moving up to 125 pounds, most recently submitting Rachael Ostovich via armbar in January. However, VanZant has had a long history of arm injuries even before the Ostovich matchup. It was originally broken via a spinning backfist attempt in her flyweight debut against Jessica-Rose Clark in January of 2018, and that forced her to take more than a year off and undergo multiple surgeries. After the Ostovich fight, she broke the arm again just months later, which effectively called off a scheduled fight against Poliana Botelho. VanZant resumed sparring in May, but that progress was eventually halted when she suffered a non-union fracture in a new spot that was caused by delivering an elbow to the head of one of her training partners. After yet another surgery, VanZant is hopeful to return to training by September and potentially fight again in the fall. With all the time off, she believes beginning to work with a nutritionist again could help her make the cut back to 115 pounds. Whether at flyweight or strawweight, it will be the final bout of her UFC contract.
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Expects to train in mid-September
June 17, 2019
VanZant (arm) said Monday in her podcast appearance on "Ariel Helwani's MMA Show" that she was told by her surgeons that she will resume training at 100 percent in 12 weeks, afsda
The 12-week timeline essentially aligns with what VanZant projected before she underwent a third surgery on her right arm June 13. Assuming ZanVant is in fact facing no restrictions by mid-September, she should make another appearance in the Octagon before the end of 2019.
Needs surgery after reinjuring arm
June 3, 2019
VanZant will undergo surgery June 13 after reinjuring her right arm during a sparring session in January, Brett Okamoto of reports.
VanZant first required surgery on her right arm after breaking it in a January 2018 loss to Jessica Rose-Clark at UFC St. Louis. The initial procedure ultimately proved unsuccessful, necessitating a second surgery last July. VanZant returned to the Octagon in January and defeated Rachael Ostovich via submission, but broke her forearm again while training after that fight. The 25-year-old hoped that rest and rehab would be all she needed to recover from the latest setback, but she'll ultimately need to go under the knife a third time after the broken bone didn't heal properly. VanZant said she expects her latest round of recovery from surgery will last three months, meaning she won't fight again until at least the final quarter of 2019.
Resumes sparring
May 20, 2019
VanZant (forearm) resumed sparring over the weekend and could return to the octagon as early as August, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
VanZant suffered a broken forearm in March and was unable to face Poliana Botelho at UFC 236 as scheduled. The 25-year-old broke her arm previously and required two surgeries before being able to fight, limiting her to one bout since January 2018.
To resume training in three weeks
April 5, 2019
VanZant (forearm) said Friday that her arm is healing correctly and that she should be able to start training again in three weeks, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
VanZant suffered a broken forearm back in early March, and given the timeline she describes, she should be ready for her next fight at some point this summer. Expect another update on VanZant's progress to come in about a month or so.
Breaks arm, again
March 1, 2019
VanZant broke her forearm and will not be able to face Poliana Botelho at UFC 236, Jed Meshew of reports.
This is not the first time VanZant has broken her arm. In fact, she had the same issue in 2018, although this time around it's unclear if she'll require surgery to correct the issue. As such, a timeline for her return to competition isn't known.