We only watched the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over last weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks like the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended shortly, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters following the UFC’s debut event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA organization is set to provide Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this season, though White did not say when the belt would be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards a month up until June, the promotion 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 event for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting the next 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 going to be following for Shevchenko since they fought on precisely the same UFC 231 card, and we know that is indeed 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 album for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 in 125lbs. She has defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to get the title shot at the UFC’s new branch. The fact she has gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC fights is concerning going up from a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably needs to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has looked improved at flyweight along with her getting the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record as a bantamweight from the UFC, but her two losses came against champion Amanda Nunes and she had to make a go down in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has proven to be a fantastic move for her since she ruined Priscila Cachoeira in her UFC flyweight debut to get a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to claim the vacant belt. Outside of the Nunes fights, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable from the Octagon, and it is hard to see anybody at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she is so much beyond everybody in the branch so far as skill goes.
Obviously this fight 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 fight. I am fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite yet again, starting at least about -500 and possibly being steamed even greater. Shevchenko always receives a tremendous amount of support from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this is not a hard fight to line. As great as Eye has appeared in her latest couple of fights since falling down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see her being the boxer to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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