Hailey Cowan’s reason to pull out of her UFC Fight Night 220 bout with Ailin Perez sounds like a pretty serious one.
Cowan’s (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) withdrawal this past weekend was ruled as being due to illness by the promotion, but the Dana White Contender Series alum revealed that she experienced an ovarian cyst rupture the night before weigh-ins, which caused a lot of bleeding.
She explained what happened Tuesday night in an Instagram post..
“I had an ovarian cyst rupture in the night before weigh-ins. I lost a lot of blood and the doctors pulled me,” Cowan wrote. “I was on weight and ready to go. Super unfortunate but we will rebook ASAP. Apologies to the fans and my opponent, but this was beyond my control.”
Cowan was awarded a UFC contract when she scored a decision win over Claudia Leite in August through Dana White’s Contender Series. Her opponent Perez (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) fell short in her UFC debut this past September in Paris when she was submitted by Stephanie Egger.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Perez expressed frustration at the last-minute fight cancellation after leaving her 5-year-old son in Argentina with her parents to train at MMA Masters in Florida.
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