We only watched the UFC men’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 as the women’s flyweight name will be defended soon, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters after the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN in Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA company is set to give Jessica Eye the next title shot at 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its name later this year, though White didn’t say when the belt would be defended. Together 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 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 title. There were rumors Eye was going to be next for Shevchenko as they fought on the exact same UFC 231 cardand we understand that is really true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by making the move down to flyweight. After fighting a 1-5, 1 NC record as a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 in 125lbs. She’s conquered 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 branch. The fact she’s gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC fights is concerning going up against a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably needs to be stopped in order to beat, but Eye has definitely looked improved at flyweight and her obtaining 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 weight in order to find another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a fantastic move for her as she ruined Priscila Cachoeira in her UFC flyweight introduction to find a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to claim the vacant belt. Outside of the Nunes fights, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable in the Octagon, and it’s hard to see anybody at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she’s so far 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 officially announced soon, and once it does the oddsmakers shouldn’t have a lot of trouble lining the fight. I am fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite however again, starting at least around -500 and 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 fight to line. As great as Eye has looked in her recent couple of fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it’s hard to see her being the boxer to take Shevchenko’s belt.
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