Sijara Eubanks Releases Statement After Withdrawal from Title Bout at 'TUF 26' Finale

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 30, 2017


Sijara Eubanks won’t be vying for the inaugural women’s flyweight crown on Friday night as originally planned, but she still has designs on eventually becoming a UFC champion.

Eubanks made her way to finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 26” as a 12 seed, besting Maia Stevenson, DeAnna Bennett and Roxanne Modafferi to set up a showdown with Nicco Montano for 125-pound gold. However, the UFC released a statement on Thursday revealing that Eubanks had been hospitalized and pulled from the bout against Montano, with Modafferi taking her place in the title bout at "The Ultimate Fighter 26" finale.

While it was undoubtedly a disappointing outcome for Eubanks, the 32-year-old Maryland native later released a statement via Instagram displaying her resolve.

“First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night,” Eubanks wrote. “I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt.

“This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight, and best wishes to both those ladies,” she continued. “True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.”

Prior to her appearance on “TUF 26,” Eubanks compiled a 2-2 professional record that included a trio of appearances under the Invicta Fighting Championships banner. Most recently, she dropped a three-round verdict to Aspen Ladd at Invicta FC 21 on Jan. 14.

First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight, and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne. Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC. God is good and I am truly blessed. #Repost @ufconfox (@get_repost) ・・・ BREAKING: Sijara Eubanks is OUT. Roxanne Modafferi is IN vs. Nicco Montano for the UFC women’s flyweight title! Who wins now? #TUF26Finale

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