CORRINE LAFRAMBOISE was days away from fighting for a UFC contract before discovering she was three months PREGNANT.
The UAE Warrior's women's flyweight champion was set to face Rainn Guerrero on the latest episode of Dana White's Contenders Series last week for a place in MMA's top promotion.
But a routine pre-fight blood test put her dreams of competing in the octagon on hold and on a new and unexpected life path.
The 34-year-old recalled to the BBC: "I was in the car waiting for my fiance and it was like the entire world stopped – we didn't expect it.
"The day after we did the scan to see if there was a baby or a mistake [by the doctor], and there was one baby.
"We heard the heartbeat, we saw the two arms, two feet. And [now] we know it's a girl. And she's healthy, no problem."
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Laframboise's baby, thankfully, is fighting fit as injury prevented her from sparring ahead of the biggest fight of her career.
She said: "The first weekend I was supposed to spar, two days before I sprained my ankle.
"My foot was all blue and I was unable to spar for the entire training camp.
"I was doing swimming, I was doing more pad stuff. So I didn't get hit, I didn't get hit in the belly.
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"So I think life made that situation happen because all the events… I think everything happens for a reason."
Laframboise was, amazingly, completely oblivious to her pregnancy as she was watching her diet in preparation for her gruelling cut down to 116lbs.
"I didn't have my periods but that happened to me often when you increase your level of training, it's not a big deal," she said.
"After that, I wanted to puke in the morning, [but] I thought it was because of the diet.
"And usually I love peanut butter and steak, but this time I was like 'I don't want any peanut butter…' and I had big cravings for lemon.
"And that kind of thing was weird but in my mind it was because of the training camp.
"I train more and maybe the diet made me feel like that, but after it was because I am pregnant."
Laframboise's dreams of fighting in the UFC are undoubtedly on hold for the foreseeable future.
But she's refusing to give up hope of one day setting foot inside the octagon, saying: "I want to focus on the baby, and what's going to happen.
'In the best-case scenario, maybe I can continue to fight. I know that I'm made to be in the UFC.
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"I'm strong enough to be there, I like to finish people in the first and second round, I give a good show, I'm really marketable.
'I'll just see how it goes with the baby, but I don't close the door."
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