We only saw the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over last weekend in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks as the women’s flyweight title is going to be defended soon, as well.
Based on UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters after the UFC’s debut event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA organization is set to provide Jessica Eye the next title shot 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the name later this year, though White did not say when the belt would be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards a month until June, the advertising 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 to get a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting another 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 title. There were rumors Eye was likely to be following for Shevchenko since they both fought on 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 struggling with a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is now 3-0 in 125lbs. She has defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to acquire the title shot at the UFC’s newest division. The fact she’s gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC struggles is concerning going up from a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably has to be stopped in order to beat, but Eye has looked enhanced at flyweight and her getting the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) had a 4-2 record as a bantamweight from the UFC, but her two losses came against winner 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 find a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to maintain the empty belt. Outside of the Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable in the Octagon, and it’s hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she is so much beyond everybody in the branch as far as skill goes.
Obviously this fight is not 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be formally announced soon, and once it does the oddsmakers should not have a lot of trouble lining the struggle. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite yet again, opening at least around -500 and possibly being steamed even higher. Shevchenko always gets a tremendous amount of aid from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this is not a difficult fight to line. As great as Eye has looked in her latest few fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see that her being the fighter to take Shevchenko’s belt.
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