We just watched the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw within this past weekend in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks as the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended soon, as well.
Based on UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters following the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN in Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA company is set to give Jessica Eye another title shot at 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its name later this season, though White didn’t say when the belt could be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards a month up until June, the advertising had a lot of holes to match and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a main event for a Fight Night card on ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main occasion to get a pay-per-view.
White told reporters about Eye getting the next title shot after someone asked him when Joanne Calderwood — who predicted Eye out following her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the title. There were rumors Eye was going to be following for Shevchenko since they fought on the exact same UFC 231 cardand we know that is really true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has rescued her career by making the move down to flyweight. After struggling with a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is now 3-0 in 125lbs. She has conquered Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings in order to get the title shot in the UFC’s newest division. The fact she’s gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC struggles is concerning going up against a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably has to be stopped in order to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked improved at flyweight and her obtaining another title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record for a bantamweight in the UFC, but her two losses came against champion Amanda Nunes and she needed to make a move down in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has proven to be a great move for her since she ruined Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to find a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to maintain the vacant belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable in the Octagon, and it’s hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she is so far beyond everybody in the branch as far as ability goes.
Clearly this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be formally announced soon, and when it does the oddsmakers should not have a lot of trouble lining the struggle. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite however again, starting at least about -500 and possibly being steamed even greater. Shevchenko always receives an enormous amount of aid from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this is not a hard fight to line. As good as Eye has appeared in her recent few fights since falling down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see that her being the fighter to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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