Holly Holm may need to push back her scheduled bout with Julianna Pena a few weeks. Holm has taken to Instagram to explain to fans about her recent health problems and thanks to them for their support. The fight with Pena was rumored to be off due to a health problem, but Holm is hoping she will be recovered in a few weeks and will be back in the Octagon to fight Pena after her recovery.
View this post on Instagram
“Hydronephrosis-what?! Much love to everyone reaching out with care and concern,” Holm wrote. “Turns out I have hydronephrosis. In my case, it’s something they say I was born with but just hadn’t had any problems until now. I’m doing great and will be fine. A little bump in the road but thankfully it’s fixable. I hope to only have to postpone a few weeks from the original date of May 8 to fight. Excited to get back in there and put it all on the line for you guys!!!”
Holm went on to describe her symptoms as severe abdominal pain that sent her to urgent care. She explained that hydronephrosis is a blockage of fluid from the kidneys to the bladder and will need a small procedure to clear up. She is confident that the recovery time will be about four to six weeks and is hoping the UFC will push her fight that is scheduled for May 8 back a bit.
UFC President Dana White was the first to announce that the fight between Holm and Pena was in jeopardy when he mentioned that instead, Pena could be stepping into a title fight with Amanda Nunes next. Nunes has mentioned that following her featherweight title defense this past weekend she will need time to drop back to 135 pounds to defend the bantamweight belt. If the timing doesn’t work out with Nunes, Pena could just wait the extra couple of weeks and going forward with the Holm bout.
Wishing Holm a speedy recovery.