Sijara Eubanks finally got the UFC debut she fought for on The Ultimate Fighter, but lost on the scales last year.
After missing her championship opportunity following a bad weight cut, Sijara Eubanks made her UFC debut in impressive fashion at UFC Utica. When taking on #3 Lauren Murphy, Eubanks controlled the duration of the bout on the feet, on the ground and in the clinch.
You can see an excerpt of our UFC Utica live coverage below.
Round Three: The round begins with Eubanks attacking Murphy with a combination, Eubanks then cracks Murphy with a right. Murphy scores a takedown on Eubanks and Eubanks lands a few strikes before they both get up, Murphy starts catching Eubanks with some leg kicks. Eubanks backs up Murphy after landing an overhand right, Murphy and Eubanks start exchanging some rights. Murphy goes for a takedown before nailing Eubanks with a knee strike, Eubanks responds by kicking Murphy in the midsection. Murphy catches a swinging Eubanks with a counter left hook, Eubanks and Murphy start to just swing away at each other. Eubanks scores a takedown on Murphy and she gets the rubber guard, Eubanks attacks Murphy with ground and pound as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Eubanks (Final Score: 30-27 for Eubanks)
Official Result: #2 Sijara Eubanks def. #3 Lauren Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Following the fight, Eubanks declared that she wanted the title opportunity that she missed out on in December. You can see our full coverage of UFC Utica at this link.