A key women’s flyweight scrap between Roxanne Modafferi and Sijara Eubanks took place at tonight’s UFC 230 event in New York.
Sijara Eubanks narrowly missed weight for tonight’s contest with Modafferi, weighing in at 127.2 pounds.
If Sijara proves victorious this evening, she plans on having words with long time UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
Meanwhile, Roxanne Modafferi will be looking to even the score when she squares off with Eubanks tonight at Madison Square Garden Arena. The fan favorite, Modafferi, was previously defeated by Sijara during the TUF 26 tournament.
Round one of this UFC 230 flyweight contest begins and both ladies get to work. Eubanks with a nice jab and then a low kick. She moves forward and lands a flurry. Roxanne responds with a jab but it is Eubanks who has a clear speed advantage. Eubanks shoots in and scores an early takedown. She passes to side control but Modafferi quickly scrambles back to full guard. Sijara postures up and lands a bi right hand. Modafferi is searching for an armbar. Eubanks is wise to it postures up. Roxanne scrambles back up to her feet but is immediately forced back down to the canvas by Sijara. Big shots from the top now by Eubanks. This is getting ugly. Big hammer fists from Eubanks. She switches to right hands before the horn sounds to put an end to round one of this UFC 230 contest.
Round two begins and Modafferi comes forward with a flurry. Eubanks avoids and counters with a right hand. Sijara with an uppercut and then a short right. Roxanne is throwing back but her punches have little effect in comparison to those of Eubanks. Roxy with a jab. Eubanks answers with a head kick. That wobbles Modaferri. Eubanks with a right hand and Roxy hits the floor. Sijara is all over him with punches him hopes of ending this UFC 230 fight. Modafferi scrambles and grabs hold of a leg. She uses that to get back up to her feet. The fighters clinch against the cage and Roxanne is able to score a trip takedown and wind up in top position in half guard. The New York crowd cheers in approval. Just over one minute remains in the round. Modafferi lands a knee to the chest. Eubanks looks to lock up a kimura. Roxy fires off some right hands. Round two comes to an end.
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The third and final round of this UFC 230 women’s flyweight battle begins and Modefferi races to the center of the cage but eats a pair of punches for her troubles. Eubanks with a nice jab and then a big right hand. Roxy side steps and then leaps in with a combination of her own. Sijara with a good combination. Modaferri replies with a right hand. Both women are firing off big shots now. Both fighters are landing clean. Roxy decides to shoot in for a takedown but Eubanks says no. Modaferri with a right hand and then the ladies clinch up. Eubanks with a good knee before they break. Sijara with a right hand. She shoots in and scores a late takedown. Modaferri gives up her back and Sijara lands a pair of right hand. More big punches from Eubanks as Roxy gets back up to her feet. The fighters battle along the cage before the horn sounds to end round three.
Official UFC 230 Result: Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modaferri via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)