We only watched the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw within last weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks like the women’s flyweight title is going to be defended shortly, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters following the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA company is set to give Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this year, though White didn’t state when the belt could be defended. Together with the UFC running three or four cards a month up until June, the promotion had a lot of holes to fill 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 another title shot after someone asked him when Joanne Calderwood — who called Eye out following her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the name. There were rumors Eye was going to be next for Shevchenko since they fought on the same UFC 231 card, and now we understand that’s really true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by making the movement down to flyweight. After fighting a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is now 3-0 at 125lbs. She has defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings in order to acquire the title shot at the UFC’s newest division. The fact she’s gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC fights is about going up from a finisher like Shevchenko who probably needs to be stopped in order to beat, but Eye has definitely looked enhanced at flyweight and her obtaining the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) had a 4-2 record for a bantamweight in the UFC, but her two losses came against champion Amanda Nunes and she had to make a move down in order to get 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 introduction to find a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to maintain the vacant belt. Outside of the Nunes fights, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable from the Octagon, and it’s difficult to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she’s so far beyond everyone else in the branch so far as ability goes.
Clearly this fight isn’t 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be formally announced shortly, and when it does the oddsmakers shouldn’t have a lot of trouble lining the fight. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite however again, opening at least around -500 and being steamed even higher. Shevchenko always gets an enormous amount of aid from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of some, so this is not a difficult fight to line. As good as Eye has looked in her latest 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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