We just watched 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 it loooks like the women’s flyweight title will be defended shortly, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters following the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA company is set to provide Jessica Eye the next title shot 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this year, though White did not say when the belt would be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards per month up 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 on ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main event to get a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting the next title shot after somebody asked him when Joanne Calderwood — who predicted Eye out after her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the title. There were rumors Eye was going to be following for Shevchenko as they fought on precisely the same UFC 231 cardand we know that is really true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by making the movement down to flyweight. After struggling with a 1-5, 1 NC album as a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 in 125lbs. She has conquered Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to acquire the title shot in the UFC’s newest branch. The fact she has gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC struggles is concerning going up from a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably needs to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked improved at flyweight and her obtaining another title shot is logical.
Shevchenko (16-3) had a 4-2 record as a bantamweight in the UFC, but her two losses came from winner Amanda Nunes and she needed to make a move 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 in her UFC flyweight debut to get a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to claim the vacant belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable from the Octagon, and it’s difficult to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she’s so far beyond everyone else in the division as far as skill goes.
Clearly this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be officially announced soon, and when it does the oddsmakers should not have much trouble lining the struggle. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite however again, opening at least about -500 and 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 struggle to line. As great as Eye has looked in her recent few fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see her being the boxer to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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