Sijara Eubanks is no longer fighting for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title next month, and she’s not happy about it.
With the UFC desperate for a main event, Eubanks was paired up against Valentina Shevchenko last week for the UFC 230 headliner in New York City. To the distaste of many fans, the UFC scrapped a scheduled title fight between Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 in favor of the Eubanks matchup one month earlier.
The UFC added Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis to the UFC 230 card, so the promotion cancelled Shevchenko vs. Eubanks and re-booked Shevchenko vs. Jedrzjeczyk.
Within a week, Eubanks was given a title shot and it was taken away from her. She has something to say about that.
“Buncha f—kin cowards!! You pull me from this thing and you’ll regret it!” Eubanks wrote Tuesday evening in a deleted tweet directed at UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Mick Maynard.
— Sijara SarJ Eubanks (@SarJnCharge) October 9, 2018
Determined to stay in the title fight, Eubanks then tweeted Shevchenko. She also told Jedrzejczyk to stay on vacation, adding the former strawweight champ isn’t ready to face the bigger flyweights.
Eubanks was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which introduced the women’s flyweight division to the UFC, last year. She made it to the finals, where she was expected to face Nicco Montano for the inaugural title. Eubanks was forced to pull out of the fight during fight week due to weight-cutting issues and was replaced by Roxanne Modafferi, who would lose to Montano by decision.
Eubanks is now 1-0 in the UFC with a decision win over Lauren Murphy earlier this year.
Montano was stripped of the women’s flyweight title in September when she was forced out of a title defense against Shevchenko at UFC 228 due to weight-cutting issues.