Sijara Eubanks helped cap off the UFC Vegas 10 prelims earning a hard-fought win over Julia Avila.
Sijara Eubanks and Julia Avila had an eventful summer before crossing paths at UFC Vegas 10. Avila had three fights against Nicco Montano scheduled and subsequently canceled due to COVID-19 and then travel restrictions. Eubanks was able to fight and defeat Sarah Moras in May but had two separate opponents pull out of a fight with her last week.
Avila was 8-1 in her career and was on a three-fight win streak with two stoppages. After entering UFC as a flyweight, Eubanks has since moved to bantamweight, where she was 1-2 and coming off the aforementioned win over Moras.
Avila and Eubanks wasted zero time in the opening seconds, with Avila rushing Eubanks to the cage and throwing a huge combination up against the fence. Eubanks decided to stand and throw with her, before shooting in on a double-leg takedown to get the fight to the mat after that dangerous exchange. Avila got back to her feet and looked to land some knees in the clinch. The fight went to the ground once again, and this time it ended with Avila on top. Avila scrambled to Eubanks’ back, but Eubanks quickly shook her off and looked to get a submission of her own, however, time ran out.
A fire fight from the first minute!
— UFC (@ufc) September 12, 2020
Avila started the second round pumping the jab before opening up with some quick combinations once again. Avila landed a hard right hand that led to another wild exchange. This time it ended with Avila throwing a front kick that was caught, leading Eubanks to be on top after a brief scramble. Avila threw up a triangle, then a kneebar off of her back to not much success. Eubanks stepped into mount and then secured an arm-triangle choke. Avila did a good job of fighting out of the submission, but Eubanks was once again searching for a submission with the rear-naked choke. Avila fought out once again, and again Eubanks went for an arm-triangle choke that wasn’t secured. Eubanks ended the round on top, landing huge shots from mount.
Eubanks started the third round the same way Avila started the first two, swinging for the fences. However, Avila threw back with some hard shots that forced Eubanks to shoot for another takedown. Avila stuffed the first attempt, but Eubanks went right back again with another attempt that was successful, getting the fight to the ground. Avila tried to scramble to the fence, but Eubanks trapped herthere and started landing hard shots. Avila went for a triangle off her back, but couldn’t get it. She then went for a kneebar but was unable to get it either.
Sijara Eubanks def. Julia Avila by Unanimous Decision (29-27 x3)