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Paige VanZant requires ‘more serious surgery’ after broken arm failed to heal

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Bad news for “12 Gauge” fans.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight “it” girl, Paige VanZant, is going back under the knife for “more serious surgery” after her broken arm failed to heal. The damage originally took place at UFC Fight Night 134 last January in St. Louis (see the photo here).

“For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression,” VanZant wrote on Instagram. “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.”

VanZant has dropped three of her last four, including her 125-pound debut.

“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,” she said. “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.”

VanZant (7-4) is still just 23 years old and will have plenty of time to bounce back; however, she’s likely on the shelf for the remainder of 2018 and will be able to focus more time on non-fighting endeavors like this.