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Holly Holm Withdraws From UFC 181 Due to Undisclosed Injury [UPDATED]


(Photo via HollyHolm.com)

Holly Holm‘s highly anticipated UFC debut will have to wait a little longer, as the undefeated bantamweight has withdrawn from her UFC 181 bout against 4-4 journeywoman Raquel Pennington, due to an undisclosed injury*. MMAbyneko.com.br (?) was the first to report the news, which has been confirmed by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

Holm’s injury is a setback for the UFC bantamweight division, as she was being groomed as a potential threat to untouchable champion Ronda Rousey. There is no current timetable for Holm’s return. The former boxing champion has been inactive from MMA competition since April, due to a broken arm suffered in her last fight.

In retrospect, it’s kind of a crazy that Holm was booked to fight Pennington in the first place. Anyway, UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 goes down December 6th in Las Vegas, and still features a bunch of good fights. For now, at least…

*Update: According to an MMAJunkie report, Holm has suffered a neck injury. MMAjunkie’s source said the injury is “serious” but could not provide further details.

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