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The “brutal” physical toll of training has left onetime UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann unable to fight at UFC on ESPN+ 13.

McMann (11-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) announced on social media that she’s been forced to withdraw from the July 13 event in Sacramento, Calif., due to an injury (via Instagram):

The setback comes after an extended layoff for McMann, 38, who most recently fought in February 2018 at UFC on FOX 28, where she was submitted by Marion Reneau. It was her second consecutive loss by submission after getting tapped by Ketlen Vieira in her previous performance at UFC 217.

Three months after her most recent fight, McMann announced she was pregnant and taking a hiatus from the sport. She gave birth this past December to a healthy boy.

In January, McMann targeted a return in May or June, and subsequently booked a fight with inaugural flyweight champ Nicco Montano, who moved up in weight after a miss on the scales cost her the belt.

Now, the UFC has less than one month to replace McMann to preserve its current fight card.

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