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‘Medical issue’ torpedoes UFC San Antonio bantamweight clash last-minute

UFC Fight Night: Vidal v Pascual Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Hailey Cowan might be cursed.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight prospect, Tamires Vidal (7-1), has withdrawn from her fight with Cowan (7-2) at UFC San Antonio this weekend (Sat., March 25, 2023), according to MMA Fighting.

Vidal’s reasoning for her bout exit was listed as “medical issues.”

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Vidal, 24, made her UFC debut in Nov. 2022, defeating Ramona Pascual with a nasty first round technical knockout (flying knee to the body). The win extended the Brazilian’s current win streak to six in a row. Her last loss came against current UFC contender, Karol Rosa, in March 2019.

For Cowan, she’ll miss out on making her promotional debut for a second scheduled appearance in a row. The American prospect was originally supposed to have her first UFC fight in Feb. 2023 opposite Ailin Perez before she “lost a lot of blood,” leading to her removal from the contest.

UFC San Antonio still has two high-profile Bantamweight tilts set to go down atop the card. In the evening’s co-main event, Holly Holm looks to rebound against her old teammate, Yana Santos. Directly after, Top 5 contenders, Marlon “Chito” Vera and Cory Sandhagen, battle to move one step closer to a title shot.

Check out UFC San Antonio’s full 12-fight line up below:

  • 135 lbs.: Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • 135 lbs.: Holly Holm vs. Yana Santos
  • 145 lbs.: Nate Landwehr vs. Austin Lingo
  • 125 lbs.: Maycee Barber vs. Andrea Lee
  • 185 lbs.: Albert Duraev vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • 125 lbs.: Manel Kape vs. Alex Perez
  • 145 lbs.: Tucker Lutz vs. Daniel Pineda
  • 145 lbs.: Lucas Alexander vs. Steven Peterson
  • 170 lbs.: Trevin Giles vs. Preston Parsons
  • 125 lbs.: Daniel Da Silva vs. CJ Vergara
  • 155 lbs.: Trey Ogden vs. Manuel Torres
  • 125 lbs.: Victor Altamirano vs. Vinicius Salvador

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