Sijara Eubanks Talks Return To 135 Lbs, Fight With Aspen Ladd
Last year, UFC announced Sijara Eubanks as one of the fighters to battle for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title. While everyone thought Sijara would fight Valentina Shevchenko, she was instead paired with Roxanne Modafferi on the prelims card.
Eubanks is now moving up to the 135 pound weight class, and will face a familiar foe in Aspen Ladd. Sijara Eubanks lost her first fight to Ladd, and recently talked about moving up a weight class, and having the opportunity to avenge her loss to Aspen.
“It is pretty cool. The rematch against Modafferi was different because I already won the first one so I had to remain diligent in the camp”, Eubanks told BJPenn.com. “Sometimes you fight someone and beat them then fighters tend to slack on the preparation. Rematching Aspen Ladd I lost the first one so it is just extra fuel. I have to do things differently. I’m in a new camp, new team so working even harder than before and focusing on the game plan. I’m excited to get this one back.”
Eubanks also revealed the reasoning behind her decision to move back to bantamweight.
“The decision was based on what I wanted to do for my health and my career”, she explained. “I was close to that title shot in the UFC at 125 and that is my goal. My goal is to be champion and flyweight was a route to get there. The cut was making my health pretty bad. It was making me miserable in camp. I wasn’t having fun in there. I wanted to go back to having fun and enjoying my training and the best way to do that is at bantamweight.”
“I wanted a top-10 fight coming back up to bantamweight. I stayed in the rankings in my entire time at flyweight. So, I wanted someone ranked high”, she said. “I didn’t want to have to start from the bottom of the ladder. When Aspen’s name came up it was perfect. A chance to get that win back. She was my last fight at bantamweight. She’s ranked top-10. That loss felt so long ago. I have been on a long journey since my last fight. It doesn’t feel like a rematch. She is on a streak that she is on and ranked it is perfect for me.”