Sijara Eubanks is making a quick turnaround as she replaced Marion Reneau in women’s bantamweight matchup against Ketlen Vieira at UFC 253 on Sept. 26.
Reneau withdrew from the bout after suffering an undisclosed injury. Eubanks takes the fight just four days after upsetting Julia Avila via unanimous decisions at UFC on ESPN+ 35 this past Saturday, Sept. 12.
First reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Eubanks and Vieira will meet on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.
Eubanks is on a two-fight win streak, going unbeaten in 2020. She started the new-year campaign back in May, earning a unanimous-decision nod against Sarah Moras at UFC on ESPN+ 29.
She made the move to the UFC’s 135-pound division back in may 2019, suffering back-to-back defeats to Aspen Ladd and Beth Correia.
Vieira is having a tough time finding a fight in 2020. She was scheduled three previous times in 2020 with all of the bouts falling through.
She is coming off her first-career defeat after losing by first-round knockout to Irene Aldana at UFC 245 this past December. Vieira is 4-1 inside the octagon since making her promotion debut back in October 2016. She holds wins over Kelly Faszholz, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Sara McMann and Cat Zingano.
Reneau is currently on a three-fight skid, most recently dropping a split-decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC on ESPN 11 on June 20.
UFC 253 fight card:
Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa – 185 lbs
Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Błachowicz – 205 lbs
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov – 145 lbs
Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval – 125 lbs
Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews – 170 lbs
Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva – 155 lbs
Nate Landwehr vs. Shane Young – 145 lbs
William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur – 205 lbs
Jeff Hughes vs. Juan Espino – 265 lbs
Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques – 205 lbs
Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks – 135 lbs
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