We only watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw within last weekend in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks like the women’s flyweight name will be defended soon, as well.
Based on UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters following the UFC’s debut event on ESPN in Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA organization is set to provide Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this season, though White did not state when the belt would be defended. Together 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 principal event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main event to get a pay-per-view.
White told reporters about Eye getting the next title shot after someone asked him if Joanne Calderwood — who predicted 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 following for Shevchenko since they both fought on the same UFC 231 card, and now we understand that is indeed the case.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has rescued her career by creating 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 defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to acquire the title shot in the UFC’s new branch. The fact she has gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC fights is concerning going up from a finisher like Shevchenko who probably has to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has looked improved at flyweight along with her getting another title shot is logical.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record as a bantamweight from the UFC, but her two losses came against winner Amanda Nunes and she needed to make a move down in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a great move for her since she ruined Priscila Cachoeira in her UFC flyweight introduction to find a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to claim the empty belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable from the Octagon, and it’s difficult to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she is so far beyond everyone else in the branch as far as ability 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 shouldn’t have much trouble lining the fight. I am fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite yet 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 any, so this isn’t 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 that her being the boxer to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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