We only saw the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over this past weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks as the women’s flyweight title will be defended soon, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters after the UFC’s debut event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA company is set to provide Jessica Eye another title shot at 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 per month until June, the promotion had a lot of holes to match and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a principal event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or maybe even as a co-main event for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters about Eye getting the next title shot after somebody asked him if 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 likely to be next for Shevchenko as they fought on precisely the exact same UFC 231 cardand we understand that’s indeed true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has rescued 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 at 125lbs. She’s conquered Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to get the title shot in the UFC’s newest division. The fact she has gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC struggles is about going up against a finisher like Shevchenko who probably needs to be halted so as to conquer, but Eye has looked enhanced at flyweight along with her getting the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) had a 4-2 record for 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 find another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a fantastic move for her since she ruined Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to get a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to maintain the vacant belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable from the Octagon, and it is difficult to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she’s so much beyond everybody in the division so far as skill goes.
Obviously this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be officially announced soon, and once it does the oddsmakers shouldn’t have a lot of trouble lining the fight. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite yet again, starting at least around -500 and possibly being steamed even higher. Shevchenko always receives an enormous amount of aid from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of some, so this is not a difficult struggle to line. As good as Eye has appeared in her latest few fights since falling down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see that her being the boxer to take Shevchenko’s belt.
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