Sijara Eubanks


Suffers first UFC loss
May 18, 2019
Eubanks lost to Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
It will go down as the first UFC loss for Eubanks, but it was an outstanding effort that earned the two women $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. Eubanks is very strong for the division and has the frame to control her opposition on the mat, as she was the first opponent to register a takedown on Ladd in her UFC career. She technically won the striking battle 77 to 69, but it was Ladd that registered the harder shots and threatened with multiple submissions. Eubanks was impressive in her ability to evade those submissions, and showed a better gas tank at 135 pounds after moving up from flyweight. Even as the third round came to a close, she was unloading strikes with everything she had. Ladd is a top-10 opponent that is undefeated as a professional, and while she's the type of fighter Eubanks needs to beat to climb the rankings, this wasn't a bad loss by any means. It would be unwise to underestimate the 34-year-old her next time out.
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Booked for UFC on ESPN+ 9
March 7, 2019
Eubanks has been booked to fight Aspen Ladd in a bantamweight bout at UFC on ESPN+ 9 on May 18, John Morgan of reports.
Like her opponent, the 33-year-old Eubanks has only partaking in two fights under the UFC promotion since joining back in June of 2018. She has, however, won each of those fights and is coming off a victory over Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at UFC 230 back in November. She'll have her work cut out for her come May, however, as Ladd boasts a perfect 7-0 record.
Takes decision at UFC 230 after missing weight Friday
November 3, 2018
Eubanks defeated Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
The clean sweep on the judge's scorecards aside, it was a mediocre performance from Eubanks that was made all the more concerning by the fact she missed weight again on Friday. She started quickly before accomplishing shockingly little over the course of the second half of the bout. Eubanks is one of the more powerful flyweights on the roster, but she has serious conditioning issues and she runs her mouth a lot for a fighter that has accomplished virtually nothing in the sport. Don't be surprised if the UFC brass forces her to move up to bantamweight for her next fight. Eubanks would be far less interesting at 135 pounds and she isn't all that relevant at flyweight, either.
Misses weight, fight will go on
November 2, 2018
Eubanks weighed in 1.2 pounds overweight for Saturday's flyweight bout against Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 230, but the fight is remains scheduled to happen, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
As a result of missing weight, Eubanks will forfeit 20 percent of her purse for Saturday's fight, but the fight is expected to go on as scheduled despite Eubanks coming in heavy.
Receives new opponent for UFC 230
October 10, 2018
Eubanks will fight Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, reports.
Eubanks was originally expected to fight Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant women's flyweight championship, but that fight was surprisingly scratched earlier this week. That said, it didn't take long for Eubanks to find a new opponent, as she now gets Roxanne Modafferi at that same event. Both fighters are coming off their own respective victory, with Eubanks defeating Lauren Murphy and Modafferi taking out Barb Honchak. Eubanks checks in at a three-inch height disadvantage and a two-inch reach disadvantage to Modafferi.
Fight against Shevchenko scrapped
October 9, 2018
Eubanks will no longer face Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Eubanks had been on the verge of an opportunity of a lifetime, but UFC brass will ultimately go in a different direction with the main event of their annual Madison Square Garden event. They had previously been without a title fight despite an excellent card, and felt the need to create one, even if it came with little buzz. They've since added a heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis, and as a result, will move Shevchenko back to her originally-planned matchup against Joanna Jedrzejcqyk. Eubanks will likely fight for the 125-pound belt at a day in the future, but it seems as though it won't be happening in 2018.