Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the UFC’s strawweight champion, has had surgery the broken hand she suffered while successfully defending her title against Valerie Letourneau.
Jedrzejczyk outpointed the Canadian in Melbourne to keep hold of her belt but could be out of action for up to six months.
She was issued with a six-month suspension unless a doctor clears her hand with an X-ray.
Jedrzejczyk won the title by beating Carla Esparza in March before defending it against Jessica Penne in June.
The Pole broke her right thumb in that fight but recovered to beat Letourneau over five tough rounds in front of more than 50,000 fans in Melbourne.
And she was welcomed home by her family and her fans in Warsaw last week as she posed for pictures with the belt.
After the fight, Jedrzejczyk said: ‘I just wanted to take it easy. I knew that Valerie was kind of tough,’ Jedrzejczyk said. ‘I was not in a hurry. I just did my job; that’s all.
‘I became a UFC fighter 15 months ago and became a champion so quickly. Now I’ve defended my title two times. I’m very happy they gave me this chance. I’m so happy.’