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Manager: Back-to-back losses for former UFC champion Holly Holm a 'blessing in disguise'

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Silver linings are often hard to find in mixed martial arts (MMA), especially for struggling fighters who are not meeting their own lofty expectations. But, that's exactly what Holly Holm and her team are attempting to do after the most recent loss for "Preacher's Daughter," her second straight inside the Octagon after losing her women's Bantamweight belt to Miesha Tate earlier this year.

"I think everything happens for a reason, her manager Lenny Fresquez recently told "I think Holly needed a little bit of a break. Her knee had been acting up a little bit, so I think that it a blessing in disguise, giving her body time to recover."

Holm, who was in attendance at a local event at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, N.M., this past weekend, was spotted with a cast on her left thumb. She broke it punching Valentina Shevchenko in UFC on FOX 20's main event late last month and has since had three pins surgically installed to help it heal faster. Shevchenko upset Holm via unanimous decision, a result that few fight fans and experts predicted.

Nonetheless, Holm -- like her manager -- is apparently taking her recent skid in stride.

"I was pushing hard through the last couple of fights and maybe that took a toll on me not just physically, but mentally," she said. "I'll focus on some other things I have to take care of outside of the fighting world."

It's unclear when Holm will return to the Octagon, but at age 34 and with mounting injuries, time is of the essence if she intends to work her way back to the top once she is fit and ready.

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