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Holly Holm Discusses Her Neck Injury and Recovery on ‘Inside MMA’


Plus, UFC Fighter Cub Swanson Weighs In on a Potential Title Shot and Daniel Pineda Defeats Leonard Garcia on ‘AXS TV FIGHTS: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 37’

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 14, 2014 – Just one day after withdrawing from her scheduled UFC debut Dec. 6 due to an injury, women’s bantamweight fighter Holly Holm joined AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA tonight for an interview with series hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. During her interview, Holm discussed her recently announced neck injury, what the recovery process will be like, and the future of her previously planned fight versus Raquel Pennington at UFC 181. Key quotes are below and the full video interview is available here:

On her neck injury, Holm said:

“It’s been a couple weeks since it happened. My neck was kind of hurting and I kind of started taking it easy thinking it just needed a little bit of massage… and finally I had no activity in my triceps, so we figured we probably should get an MRI and I had a herniated disc that was putting pressure on my nerves going down to the arm. It is a pretty big injury. I really didn’t want to cancel the fight…. I got a steroid epidural injection and it’s taken a lot of the swelling down already.”

On her recovery, Holm said:

“They said to give seven to 10 days with the injection to see if I have any strength coming back and I already feel it coming back. I actually feel 100% better already, which I can’t go out and train right now. It’s only been since Tuesday. It’s only been three days, so if it’s already actively working now I feel like it’s going to be not too long before I can get back in the gym.”

On her previously schedule UFC 181 fight, Holm said:

“My manager Lenny [Fresquez] called and talked with the UFC and they said to have us let them know whenever I’m gonna be able to get back in there and fight. I just really haven’t gotten too far into it. I would love to still fight Raquel [Pennington] and have it on another card, but that’s not really fair to her either…. That would be great if we could just postpone a little bit and if they find somebody for her and they want me to fight the winner, that sounds good to me too.”

With a scheduled fight with Frankie Edgar set for next week’s UFC Fight Night Nov. 22, Cub Swanson joined INSIDE MMA and, during his interview, discussed the potential of a featherweight title shot versus Jose Aldo if he defeats Edgar:

Earlier tonight, two former Legacy FC featherweight champions squared off, as Daniel Pineda (19-11) defeated Leonard Garcia (18-13-1) via submission (kimura) AXS TV FIGHTS: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 37. After the fight, Garcia announced his official retirement from mixed martial arts. AXS TV FIGHTS commentators Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello break down the action in the official highlight video here:

Official results from AXS TV FIGHTS: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 37 are as follows:

  • Featherweight fight: Daniel Pineda (19-11) defeated Leonard Garcia (18-13-1) via submission (kimura) at 1:54 minutes in the first round.
  • Lightweight fight: Mike Bronzoulis (16-8) defeats Justin Reiswerg (8-4) via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:51 minutes in the second round.
  • Middleweight fight: Larry Crow (9-3) defeats Quentin Henry (6-2) via TKO at 1:06 minutes in the first round.
  • Welterweight fight: Geoff Neal (5-1) defeats Charlie Ontiveros (5-3) via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 0:10 minutes in the third round.
  • Welterweight fight: Jonathan Harris (9-4) defeats Antonio Flores (5-6) via decision (unanimous).
  • Bantamweight fight: Augusto Mendes (3-0) defeats Richard Delfin (1-2) via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:49 minutes in the first round.

LION FIGHT Muay Thai returns to AXS TV FIGHTS next week with defending welterweight champion Fabio Pinca (90-21-4) taking on top contender Sean Kearney (29-9-1) in the headlining fight. AXS TV FIGHTS: LION FIGHT 19 airs on Friday, Nov. 21 at a special time, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, live from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


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