Emily Whitmire got the opportunity to compete on the biggest stage in mixed martial arts following an appearance on season 26 of the UFC reality series The Ultimate Fighter. Whitmire made her official UFC debut in the season finale, suffering a submission loss in the first round. Despite the disappointing start to her UFC career, Whitmire received another shot by securing a bout against Jamie Moyle on UFC 226 in July, the biggest card of the year.
During her time on The Ultimate Fighter, where she was a member of Team Gaethe, Whitmire reached the quarterfinals before suffering a loss to Roxanne Modafferi.
Whitmire, who balances a job as a waitress while training in mixed martial arts, is a former Tuff N Uff 115-pound champion as an amateur. She got introduced into MMA after volunteering to grapple MMA veteran Lisa Ellis in a bar in the Pacific Northwest with the help of a fake ID and some adult beverages. She has been training for seven years.
“I started training almost seven years ago. It was the only thing that caught my interest; it grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go,” Whitmire says in her official UFC bio.
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Whitmire faces off against Jamie Moyle at UFC 226 on Saturday, July 7. The preliminary card takes place on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1, while the main card will air on pay-per-view.