Long shot Sijara Eubanks powered her way through the tournament to earn an unexpected shot to become the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
The scale proved to be the one opponent she couldn’t overcome.
Eubanks didn’t make it to weigh-ins during the allotted two-hour window Thursday morning and has been pulled from the Season 26 title bout against Nicco Montano on Friday night’s card at Park Theater inside Monte Carlo.
Las Vegan Roxanne Modafferi will replace Eubanks in the main event and fight Montano to determine the organization’s first 125-pound female champion.
A UFC official told the Review-Journal that Eubanks was hospitalized Thursday morning.
“First of all, I’m a champion,” she posted to Instagram on Thursday afternoon. “Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night.”
The struggle to make weight was nothing new for Eubanks, as it was a recurring storyline on the reality show.
At one point during the season, Eubanks had to cut off some of her hair to hit the mark for a weigh-in.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Modafferi, the top seed in the tournament, had won four of her past five fights under the Invicta banner before the show. She had been scheduled for a rematch with fellow semifinalist Barb Honchak on Friday’s card.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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