In women’s Bantamweight action, Sijara Eubanks (6-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) welcomes Julia Avila (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who replaces Karol Rosa (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) due to a weight cutting issue that required medical attention, this canceling the fight and moving the new scheduled bout to this Saturday night. Eubanks was also slated to face Macy Chaisson before that was also nixed. The Maryland native has won all of her UFC fights by decision and looks to finish her first fight by either knockout or submission for the first time since August of 2017 while a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show. Only that was an exhibition fight.
As for “The Raging Panda”, she defeated Gina Mazany by knockout back in June with a knee and punches. Fighting with the Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy, he looks to continue her undefeated streak since coming to the UFC, where she has fought twice inside the Octagon. Dating back to her brief stays with HD MMA and Invicta, the Notre Dame graduate is riding a four-fight winning streak. The road doesn’t stop for Avila, though. After this fight, she faces a familiar face in Nicco Montaño from her HD MMA days, winning by unanimous decision in January of 2017.
For Eubanks to win, if she can take down Avila, using her ground and pound tactics would serve her best as she has won her first two fights using that. Finding a way to win a fight, especially in the UFC, is never easy. Finishing one is even harder, but if you train for Team Lloyd Irvin, you’re expected to finish. A submission win is always good, given the grappling pedigree that has built his brand and his stature, but a knockout would make things easier. With her last five matches going to the judges, this is a desperate time to win convincingly.
Where women today are fighting for equal pay, money isn’t the only thing up for grabs, but bragging rights in the women’s bantamweight division as both combatants look to move up the ladder at 135 lbs.