Roxanne Modafferi replaces Sijara Eubanks in TUF 26 Finale's inaugural title fight

30 November 2017

The UFC’s inaugural women’s flyweight title fight has a new challenger.

After “TUF 26” tournament finalist Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) failed to weigh in for her fight with Nicco Montano (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), tourney semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) today was named the replacement.

Their fight headlines the TUF 26 Finale, which takes place at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. It airs on FS1 following one early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

The change follows Eubanks’ hospitalization earlier today as she was cutting weight for the bout, which determines the UFC’s first 125-pound female champion

MMAjunkie’s John Morgan was on scene at today’s official weigh-ins in Las Vegas and reported the change. (via Twitter):

Here’s a statement from the UFC:

“Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”

Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC), whom Eubanks defeated in the semifinal round of the tournament, was scheduled to fight Honchak (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the main card of the TUF 26 Finale. Subsequent card changes are still being determined.

Eubanks struggled to make weight during the duration of the 16-woman “TUF 26” tourney, which recently concluded its regular-season run on FS1.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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