It seems like the day of the revolving door for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale. MMASucka.com’s very own Roxanne Modafferi has been moved up the ladder on the fight card as Sijara Eubanks was hospitalized early Thursday morning. The main event is now Roxanne Modafferi vs. Nicco Montaño for the UFC flyweight title.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Nicco Montaño is your TUF 26 main event
The news came out early Thursday from an official UFC statement.
“Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”
On the final episode of TUF 26, Eubanks defeated Modafferi in a fairly one-sided affair, as she was able to take her down and secure the unanimous decision victory.
Modafferi successfully made weight for her originally scheduled bout against Barb Honchak on Thursday morning.
I’m excited for the opportunity. I also hope Sijara gets better quickly. A weight cut to the point of hospitalization can be serious. https://t.co/l0pjDgV4mw
— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) November 30, 2017
Modafferi (21-13) will make her second go round in the UFC Octagon. “The Happy Warrior” was a part of The Ultimate Fighter in 2013 as a bantamweight. Following the show, she moved from Japan to Las Vegas and started training with John Wood at Syndicate MMA. Her game has changed immensely and is six and two in her last eight outings.
Montaño (4-2) was ranked at No. 14 out of 16 women on this season’s show. She went 3-0 on the show, winning against Lauren Murphy in the preliminary round, Montana Stewart in the quarterfinals, and arguably the biggest victory of her career against Barb Honchak in the semi-finals.
Either Modafferi or Montaño will be crowned the first ever UFC women’s flyweight champion on Friday evening at the TUF 26 Finale.