Few things had MMA fans more talkative on Twitter recently than who would be the main event at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.
When Jon Jones had his suspension reduced by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and would be free to resume fighting on Oct. 28, he instantly jumped to the forefront of speculative and wishful tweeting. Even Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier, scheduled to fight each other in a lightweight bout on the Nov. 3 card in New York City, began campaigning for a title shot in a new 165-pound division.
Alas, we have our main event, according to multiple reports: Valentina Shevchenko will face Sijara Eubanks for the vacant flyweight title. ESPN's Brett Okamoto first reported the news Tuesday afternoon.
Eubanks tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, "It’s signed!! UFC 230 Nov 3 at the iconic Madison Square Garden for the women’s Flyweight Title! Big thanks @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite for giving me my shot."
Less than two weeks ago, Shevchenko had been announced as fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the flyweight title at UFC 231 in December in Toronto. But, with UFC 230 in need of a main event, she was moved up to fight for the title at the Garden.
Shevchenko was supposed to fight then-flyweight champion Nicco Montana at UFC 228 in September, but Montana was hospitalized during her weight cut. Montana was then stripped of the flyweight title by the UFC.
Shevchenko (15-3, 4-2 UFC) has wins over Holly Holm, Sarah Kaufman and Julianna Pena. She won her most recent fight last February via submission in a one-sided performance against Priscila Cachoeira.
Eubanks (4-2, 1-0) last fought in June and won a unanimous decision over Lauren Murphy. She reached the final on Season 26 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and was supposed to face Montana for the inaugural title. But, weight-cutting issues forced Eubanks out of the fight.
UFC 230 fight card
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Sijara Eubanks (per reports)
Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold
Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
David Branch vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
Lyman Good vs. Sultan Aliev
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi