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Hannah Goldy replaces Cory McKenna against Emily Whitmire at UFC Vegas 37

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Emily Whitmire (on top) has a new opponent for UFC Vegas 37.
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Emily Whitmire will now face Hannah Goldy on Sept. 18 with Cory McKenna forced off the card, multiple people with knowledge of the change confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report from David Van Auken.

The fight was originally scheduled for the strawweight division will now be contested at 125 pounds, sources said.

Whitmire (4-4) enters her first fight since a first-round loss to Polyana Viana in Aug. 2020, her second straight defeat in the UFC. “Spitfire” was expected to compete earlier this year but had fights cancelled with Hannah Cifers and Sam Hughes in February.

Goldy (5-2) has yet to secure a victory under the UFC banner after joining the company through Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, dropping decisions to Miranda Granger and Diana Belbita since then.

McKenna took on social media to reveal that she had been “dealing with some health issues over the past 5-6 weeks that have not allowed me to train at a standard required to compete/at all and I have to prioritise health.”

UFC Vegas 37 will air live on ESPN+ and feature a light heavyweight showdown between former title contender Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann.