The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division has a new threat because Sijara Eubanks is moving up from flyweight to the 135 pound weight class. Eubanks would confirm the change in weight class via Twitter, which was first reported by ESPN.
Eubanks has struggled making 125 pounds throughout her short UFC career, missing weight at UFC 230 and then pulling out of a women’s flyweight title bout at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale due to kidney failure from the affects of weight cutting. The miss at UFC 230 was especially off putting because Eubanks was originally set to fight for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Title at that event before the championship encounter was moved to UFC 231, where Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko will battle for the gold.
There is no word yet on when Eubanks is expected to make her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division debut, but it should happen sometime in 2019. The fighter is actually undefeated thus far in UFC competition, defeating the duo of Roxanne Modafferi and Lauren Murphy. Eubanks did fight at bantamweight during her stint in Invicta FC, where the fighter suffered defeats to fellow UFC fighters Aspen Ladd and Katlyn Chookagian.
Amanda Nunes is the current queen of the women’s bantamweight division and she is moving up a weight class herself at UFC 232, facing Cyborg for the UFC Women’s Featherweight Title.