A week after Sijara Eubanks thought she was fighting for a UFC title, she’s on the outside looking in again.
Eubanks (3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was announced for a UFC 230 main event title fight for the vacant women’s flyweight belt earlier this month. Her opponent was to be Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).
Today, though, the UFC changed course and announced Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis as a new UFC 230 main event, taking Eubanks-Shevchenko out of the headliner. And that, in and of itself, probably wouldn’t have been a problem for Eubanks.
But instead, Shevchenko was rebooked for her original spot at UFC 231 against Jedrzejczyk. And just like that, Eubanks’ title hopes, for now, went up in smoke. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and that’s probably from Eubanks scorching a whole lot of earth on Twitter after she got the news.
Eubanks included UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Mick Maynard in her tweets and said “This is my life you’re playing with,” and also urged them to “Quit running this thing like a circus.”
A harsher tweet from Eubanks went up earlier in the night, but she deleted it.
Eubanks also appealed straight to Shevchenko to keep their fight booked and told Jedrzejczyk to “stay ya ass on vacation.”
Eubanks reached the final of “TUF 26,” but had weight-cutting issues and was removed from the fight. Instead, Roxanne Modafferi fought Montano for the belt and lost. That left Eubanks on the outside looking in, hoping to get back in the promotion’s good graces. She did so with a decision win over Lauren Murphy in early June for her first official UFC victory.
Shevchenko lost a women’s bantamweight title fight to champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215 13 months ago, then made the move to flyweight. In February, she submitted Priscila Cachoeira in her return to the division, but hasn’t fought since then.
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk back on as UFC 231 co-headliner
- Daniel Cormier was 3-1 favorite vs. Brock Lesnar, but 9-1 vs. Derrick Lewis at UFC 230
- Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis on for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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