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UFC Vegas 10: Eubanks vs Avila Will Surprise Fans

Sijara Eubanks vs Julia Avila

UFC Vegas 10 will feature Sijara “Sarj” Eubanks vs Julia “Raging Panda” Avila in a women’s bantamweight scrap that is sure to entertain. This fight was made on just nine days’ notice after both Eubanks and Avila’s opponents were forced to pull out ahead of their respective bouts at UFC Vegas 9.

Eubanks is ranked as the 15th best women’s bantamweight in the UFC and will be looking to improve on her ranking. Avila is ranked as the 14th best bantamweight and will be hoping a win over Eubanks will give her the boost she needs for a top 10 opportunity. Many fans will be sleeping on this fight, which will be their mistake. Before we get to our prediction, let’s take a look at both fighters!

Tale of the Tape

Sijara EubanksVSJulia Avila
5-4MMA Record8-1
35Age32
135 poundsWeight135 pounds
5’4″Height5’7″
67 inchesReach69 inches

These two have a lot of similarities in their Tale of the Tape. They both have nine professional fights under their belt. Avila has enjoyed more success in her career thus far, with eight wins to only one loss. Eubanks has had a rougher time with five wins to four losses. There is only a three year age difference between these two. Despite being older, Eubanks’ first professional fight occurred three years after Avila had her debut. There is a three inch difference in height, and a two inch difference in reach, both to Avila’s advantage. Will Avila be able to use that extra reach to her advantage against Eubanks?

Eubanks’ History

Sijara Eubanks punching Sarah Moras. Eubanks vs Avila

Sarj” Eubanks is from Massachusetts and trains at Nick Catone MMA in New Jersey. Eubanks began her MMA career with a win over Gina Begley at Invicta FC 12 before dropping a fight to Katlyn Chookagian at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 52. She followed that up with a win over Amber Lynn at Invicta FC 18. Eubanks then suffered her first of two defeats at the hands of Aspen Ladd at Invicta FC 21 before getting the call to join The Ultimate Fighter 26, where the winner would be crowned the inaugural UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion.

The Ultimate Fighter 26

Eubanks had an incredible run to start her UFC career before a brutal weight cut resulted in kidney failure and derailed her fast rise. While a contestant on TUF 26, Eubanks defeated Maia Stevenson by submission, DeAnna Bennett by KO, and Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision on her way to the finals before tragedy struck. While preparing for a title fight showdown with Nicco Montaño, “Sarj” was diagnosed with kidney failure as a result of her trying to cut weight for the fight. Eubanks would be replaced by Modafferi, who would go on to lose to Montaño.

UFC Career

After recovering from kidney failure, “Sarj” finally got to make her official UFC debut against Lauren Murphy, a fight she won by unanimous decision. Eubanks then nearly got a title fight opportunity again, this time against current flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. However, the fight was canceled and Eubanks was replaced with former strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Instead of the title fight, Eubanks then beat Modafferi, again. This time in a catchweight bout due to Eubanks missing weight. After missing weight and losing out on some of her purse, Eubanks made the decision to move back up to bantamweight. Her first fight back at bantamweight was a rematch with Ladd, which she lost by unanimous decision. Eubanks was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus for her performance in that loss. After that, she lost to Bethe Correia by unanimous decision. Her most recent fight was an impressive unanimous decision win over Sarah Moras back in May. Can “Sarj” earn her second win in a row?

Avila’s History

Julia Avila showing off her broken finger.

“Raging Panda” Avila was born in California but fights out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and trains at Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy. Avila has enjoyed a great MMA career thus far. She has eight wins and only one loss, with that lone loss happening due to a hand injury. “Raging Panda” started her career off with a decision win over future UFC fighter Marion Reneau. She followed that win up with a TKO victory over Carolyn Biskup-Roe. Avila then beat a future UFC champion Nicco Montaño by decision. She then beat Candace Maricle by submission before getting a shot in Invicta FC.

Broken Finger

Avila made her Invicta FC debut at Invicta FC 29 against Marciea Allen. This fight would result in the only loss in Avila’s career thus far. At a little less than a minute into the fight, Avila checked a kick by Allen, which resulted in Avila breaking a finger. Usually, a fighter would attempt to push through a broken finger, but the bone was actually protruding from her finger. Because of this, the fight was ended, resulting in Avila losing by TKO. This would send Avila back to the regional fight scene.

Three months later, after rehabbing her broken finger, Avila was back in action, this time against Ashley Deen. Avila won this fight by KO, which earned her a second chance in Invicta FC. Avila’s next fight was against Alexa Conners at Invicta FC 32. “Raging Panda” was able to defeat Conners by TKO in the second round. After two straight impressive performances, Avila finally got her shot in the UFC.

UFC

Avila made her UFC debut at UFC 239: Jones vs Santos against Pannie Kianzad. “Raging Panda” dominated much of the action on her way to a unanimous decision win. Avila was then scheduled to face Karol Rosa on four separate occasions but the fight never happened for various reasons. Ironically, Rosa was Eubanks’ opponent for UFC Vegas 9 before she was forced to pull out of the fight and this fight was made. Avila was finally able to make her second UFC fight against Gina Mazany. This fight was over in 22 seconds after Avila absolutely destroyed Mazany with a flurry of strikes.

“Raging Panda” was originally scheduled to face Nicco Montaño for this fight. Will Avila be able to overcome the last-minute opponent change and defeat a very ready Sijara Eubanks?

Eubanks vs Avila Prediction

These two women match up together very well. They are both high-level BJJ practitioners and have great stand-up abilities to match. Neither fighter has ever been knocked out. “Sarj” has the advantage of never even being finished in her professional career, though the only time Avila has been “finished” is because of a hand injury. Fans should expect this to be a back and forth battle all the way to the end. This bout has some legitimate Fight of the Night potential.

Sijara Eubanks vs Julia Avila Predicted Result: Julia Avila defeats Sijara Eubanks by KO (front kick) in round 3.

Julia Avila getting her hand raised after winning. Eubanks vs Avila

10 of the 18 fights these two have been involved in have ended in a decision. So why am I predicting a finish? Especially when “Sarj” has gone nine fights without being finished? Because the “Raging Panda” is the real deal, people. However, make no mistake. This fight will be an absolute war. Both fighters will be bleeding by the time this bout is over.

How the Fight Will Go Down

Eubanks and Avila will put on a show that will surprise many fans. Avila will start off strong, dominating the action in the first round. After opening a cut on Eubanks’ face, Avila takes the fight to the ground and nearly gets a submission win in the first. Eubanks comes out in the second round and puts Avila on her back early with a beautifully timed counter. Eubanks gets on top and starts the ground and pound, opening up a cut above Avila’s eyebrow. Avila is able to survive the second round and the fight moves on to the third round.

The third round is where this fight will end. With both fighters bleeding, and the fight being scored one round apiece, this fight could go either way. After two rounds of mostly ground action, these two fighters decide to stand and bang for the third round. Eubanks lands some beautiful 1-2 combos, while Avila lands some solid kicks to the body. Then, it happens. Avila lands a beautiful front kick to Eubanks’ jaw and down she goes. In a blink of an eye, the fight is over. Moments later, Avila is getting her hand raised. Victorious once more, improving to 9-1.

Don’t think this is how the fight will go down?! Let us know your prediction for the fight in the comments below!


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Jeff Swartz MMA
Jeff Swartz is an MMA writer for Overtimeheroics.net. With a focus on the UFC, Jeff also covers regional Colorado MMA promotions. Jeff also occasionally writes pieces about the Baltimore Ravens.
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