Eubanks Pulled From TUF Finale

Sijara Eubanks was hospitalized early Thursday morning and has withdrawn from the inaugural UFC flyweight title fight Friday at the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas.

The UFC in a statement stated that Roxanne Modafferi will be stepping in for Eubanks against Nicco Montaño will be Modafferi, who successfully made weight Thursday morning for a scheduled fight with Barb Honchak.

Eubanks beat Modafferi in the semifinals of the TUF 26 title tournament by unanimous decision for a spot in the finals for the belt. Eubanks has dealt with weight cutting issues throughout the season and those appear to have knocked her out of a chance at UFC gold.

Eubanks posted on her Instagram account Thursday, explaining that she was removed from her The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale championship matchup against Nicco Montaño after suffering “kidney failure” while cutting weight early Thursday morning. Eubanks noted that she has “cut more weight than most male fighters” in the past, but ultimately things didn’t work out this time, as she was transported to the hospital in the early morning hours and pulled from the card.

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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Eubanks also wished both her replacement, Roxanne Modafferi, and Montaño well ahead of their impromptu title clash.

“First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank,” Eubanks wrote on Instagram.

“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.”

Montaño beat Honchak in the semifinals of the tournament. It was not immediately clear if Honchak would stay on the card with Modafferi moving up to the main event. Lauren Murphy, whose original opponent for the event Priscila Cachoeira had visa issues, wrote Wednesday on social media that she’d be standing in as an alternate.

Modafferi, considered a women’s MMA pioneer, started her career in 2003, and appeared on the first-ever women’s Ultimate Fighter show in 2013 at bantamweight. Modafferi, 35, has won six of eight fights and looked like a reborn fighter since that season and moving to Las Vegas to train at Syndicate MMA.

Montaño (4-2) had a Cinderella run on TUF 26 as the No. 14 seed out of 16 contestants. The 28-year-old Montaño, who lost her last fight before the show, trains out of Fit NHB in Albuquerque, N.M.

The full UFC statement is below:

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.

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