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Feeling much better since they got me hooked up to the good stuff, but we had a pretty big scare with this cut. I am so thankful for @jakebrennanmma making the tough call and driving me to the ER. No matter how much I protested, he made sure my health came first. Thankfully the doctors came in clutch, we’re working on getting everything replenished and should be back to normal in no time, but I just wanted to take a second to apologize to all of my fans, to @liss_marie4 and to @lfafighting and to all my sponsors. I always said if making weight became a problem, I would move up to bantamweight. So that is what I’m going to do. Again, I am so so sorry! If you bought tickets from me, PLEASE still go support! This is a great show, and I can’t wait to step back in there HEALTHY and ready to perform for you all.
On Thursday, Hailey Cowan posted on social media that she has been hospitalized as a result of her weight cut. As a result, she will no longer be competing at LFA 78 this weekend, where she was set to take on Lisa Mauldin at flyweight. The ebullient Texan previously claimed that if she ever had weight issues, she would change weight classes, and she will be moving up to bantamweight due to this.
In her video on Instagram, Cowan said:
"Hey guys, I'm not at weigh-ins [because] I'm in the hospital. Woke up right where I was supposed to, weight-wise, and was in the sauna and everything was going good, and then all of the sudden, it's not.
"And I found out today that I am going to be the next bantamweight champion! Watch out bantamweights, I'm coming for you. Big fat sorry to LFA and to Lisa Mauldin, this was not how this was supposed to go. You know, I've had like nine successful cuts, and then, this, so I'm sorry. I will be back in the cage soon but I'll be looking a little bit different fighting at bantamweight."
This is the second time a scheduled bout between Cowan and Mauldin has fallen through, as the two women were originally slated to square off at LFA 73 but it was scratched ahead of time. Cowan (4-1) has taken all five of her pro bouts with the LFA, competing exclusively in Texas. After dropping her career debut to Victoria Leonardo at LFA 40 in May 2018, she has won each of her last four, including three stoppages. It is unclear if the promotion will replace Cowan on the card or if Mauldin's appearance will be scuttled altogether.
LFA 78 will be the first event aired on UFC Fight Pass, and the card will begin on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.