We just watched the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw within last weekend in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks as the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended shortly, as well.
Based on UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters after the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA organization is set to provide Jessica Eye the next title shot at 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the name later this year, though White didn’t say when the belt would be defended. Together with the UFC running three or four cards a month until June, the advertising had a lot of holes to fill and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a main event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main occasion for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting another title shot after someone asked him when Joanne Calderwood — who predicted Eye out after her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the name. There were rumors Eye was likely to be next for Shevchenko as they fought on the exact same UFC 231 cardand now we understand that’s really the case.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by making the move down to flyweight. After fighting a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 in 125lbs. She’s defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings in order to get the title shot at the UFC’s newest branch. The fact she’s gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC struggles is about going up from a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably has to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has looked improved at flyweight along with her obtaining the next title shot is logical.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record as a bantamweight in the UFC, but her two losses came against champion Amanda Nunes and she had to make a go down in weight in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a great move for her since she ruined Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to get a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to maintain the empty belt. Outside of this Nunes fights, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable in the Octagon, and it’s hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she’s so far beyond everyone else in the branch as far as ability goes.
Obviously this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be formally announced shortly, and once it does the oddsmakers shouldn’t have much trouble lining the struggle. I am fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite yet again, starting at least about -500 and possibly being steamed even higher. Shevchenko always gets a tremendous amount of aid from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of some, so this isn’t a difficult fight to line. As great as Eye has appeared in her latest couple of fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it is hard to see her being the fighter to take Shevchenko’s belt.
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