We just watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over this past weekend in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks like the women’s flyweight title will be defended soon, too.
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 leading 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 title later this year, though White didn’t say when the belt could be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards per month until June, the advertising had a great deal of holes to match and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a main event for a Fight Night card on ESPN+, or maybe even as a co-main occasion for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting the next title shot after somebody asked him if 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 following for Shevchenko as they both fought on precisely the exact same UFC 231 card, and we know that’s really the case.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has rescued her career by making the move down to flyweight. After struggling with a 1-5, 1 NC album for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 at 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’s gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC fights is about going up against a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably needs to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has looked improved at flyweight and her getting 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 from winner Amanda Nunes and she needed to make a go down in weight in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a fantastic move for her since she destroyed Priscila Cachoeira in her UFC flyweight introduction to find a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to maintain the vacant belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable from the Octagon, and it is hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she’s so far beyond everybody in the division so far as ability goes.
Clearly this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be formally announced shortly, and once it does the oddsmakers should not have much trouble lining the fight. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite however again, opening at least about -500 and being steamed even greater. 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 appeared in her latest couple of fights since falling down from bantamweight, it’s hard to see that her being the fighter to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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