UFC bantamweight Sijara Eubanks returns to action to finally take on Karol Rosa in a scheduled bout for the big pay-per-view at UFC 263.
The news was first reported by Combate, and the two will meet in the center of the cage on June 12. At first, Eubanks and Macy Chiasson were scheduled to fight but that has since been scrapped. Topped by the rematch between flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo defending his belt against Brandon Moreno, UFC 263 will be a must-see show.
Following the weight rehydration mishap from Rosa, Eubanks moved on and faced Julia Avilla and beat her. Then faced, Ketlen Vieira and Panni Kianzad and would drop two consecutive unanimous decision losses to the fellow bantamweights.
Sijara Eubanks Destined To Fight Karol Rosa
While Sijara Eubanks and Karol Rosa were supposed to meet last Sept., an unforeseen issue would force Rosa out after the weigh-ins already took place. After the debacle, Rosa explained it was a short-notice bout and the issues that occurred were due to improperly rehydrating among other ailments related to weight cutting. Either way, Eubanks has been gunning for the title since the missed opportunity as part of the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Season 26.
However, it seems Eubank’s chances at a title opportunity are slim as of now. Since taking back-to-back losses, Eubanks is looking to redeem herself with a big win over Rosa at UFC 263. Conversely, Rosa is on an impressive 5-fight win streak. In addition, at just 26-years old the young bantamweight has a lot of time to evolve and develop technique in the sport. Sometimes it can be difficult to endure growing pains in a big promotion, but baptism by fire is the best way to see if a young fighter like Rosa can acclimate to the skill level they are presented with.
Before the Sijara Eubanks fight fell out, Rosa took home a unanimous decision victory against Vanessa Melo back in July. Then, in an effort to stay busy, the Brazilian took on Joselyne Edwards last Feb. and won a lopsided unanimous decision as well.
In the end, the bantamweights will finally meet on June 12 and it will be a good test to see where these athletes stand in their weight class. Initially, the public had high hopes for Eubanks as they witnessed her aggressive performances on The Ultimate Fighter season 26, but since then, the bantamweight has struggled with her weight, activity, and overall performances inside the UFC.
With the addition of Sijara Eubanks vs. Karol Rosa, here is the UFC 263 lineup:
- Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Movsar Evloev
- Carlos Felipe vs. Jake Collier
- Fares Ziam vs. Luigi Vendramini
- Karol Rosa vs. Sijara Eubanks
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