We only watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over last weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks as the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended soon, too.
According to UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters after the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA company is set to provide Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the title later this year, though White did not say when the belt could be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards a month until June, the advertising had a great deal of holes to fill and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a principal event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main occasion for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters about Eye getting another title shot after somebody asked him when Joanne Calderwood — who predicted Eye out after her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the title. There were rumors Eye was likely to be next for Shevchenko since they both fought on precisely the exact same UFC 231 card, and now we know that is indeed true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has rescued her career by creating the movement down to flyweight. After fighting a 1-5, 1 NC record as a bantamweight, Eye is now 3-0 at 125lbs. She’s conquered Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings in order to acquire the title shot in the UFC’s newest branch. The fact she’s gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC struggles is concerning going up from a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably has to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked improved at flyweight along with her obtaining another title shot is logical.
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 go down in weight in order to find another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a fantastic move for her as she destroyed Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to find a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to claim the vacant belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable in the Octagon, and it is hard to see anybody at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she is so much beyond everyone else in the branch so far as ability goes.
Obviously this fight is not 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be formally announced soon, and when it does the oddsmakers should not have much trouble lining the struggle. I am fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite yet again, starting at least about -500 and being steamed even greater. Shevchenko always gets an enormous amount of support from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this isn’t a hard fight to line. As great as Eye has appeared in her latest couple of fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it’s difficult to see that her being the fighter to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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