UFC 248 preliminary bout scratched last minute due to medical concerns

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Emily Whitmire UFC on ESPN 3 scrum
Emily Whitmire UFC on ESPN 3 scrum

A UFC 248 preliminary bout between Emily Whitmire and Polyana Viana has been scratched from Saturday night's fight card because of medical concerns.

"I just heard that Emily is out of the fight with me today," Viana wrote on Twitter, which was later confirmed by ESPN. "I also heard she had to be taken to the ER. I hope she is alright and I wish from the bottom of my heart that she recovers from whatever it is that she is suffering from."


Whitmire struggled while cutting weight on Friday, stepping on the scale 1.5 pounds over the limit for her strawweight non-title bout with Viana. At the time, she agreed to forfeit 20-percent of her fight purse to Viana to keep the fight intact.

Just 24 hours later, however, she was transported to a local hospital to deal with the unspecified medical complications.

The bout was intended to be the feature bout on the UFC 248 Early Prelims on ESPN+. The UFC 248 card will now move forward with 11 bouts with the first prelim slated for 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

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