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Emily Whitmire has overcome a lot of hardship in her life, much of it dealing with the absence of her mother, whom she eventually found. It wasn't exactly a fairy-tale ending though. Whitmire found her mother homeless, living out of a tent.
But she's overcome her hardships to become a professional mixed martial artist fighting on the biggest stage in the sport.
Ahead of her UFC on ESPN 3 bout against Amanda Ribas, Whitmire recounted her struggles without her mother and the emotion of finding her mother living in a tent.