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We just saw the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over this past weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks as the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended soon, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters after the UFC’s debut event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA company is set to provide Jessica Eye another title shot at 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the title later this season, though White didn’t state when the belt could be defended. Together with the UFC running three or four cards per month until June, the promotion had a great deal of holes to fill 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 concerning Eye getting another title shot after somebody asked him when 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 fought on the same UFC 231 card, and we understand that is indeed 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 for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 at 125lbs. She’s defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings in order to acquire the title shot at the UFC’s new division. The fact she has gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC struggles is about going up from a finisher like Shevchenko who probably has to be halted so as to beat, but Eye has definitely looked improved at flyweight along with her obtaining another title shot makes sense.
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 move down in order to find another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has proven to be a fantastic move for her as she ruined Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight introduction to find a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to claim the empty belt. Outside of the Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable in the Octagon, and it is hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she is so far beyond everyone else in the branch so far as ability goes.
Obviously this fight isn’t 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be formally announced shortly, and once it does the oddsmakers should not have a lot of trouble lining the struggle. I am fully expecting Shevchenko to be a massive favorite yet again, opening at least around -500 and being steamed even greater. Shevchenko always receives an enormous amount of support from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this is not a hard fight to line. As good as Eye has looked in her latest few fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it’s hard to see that her being the boxer to take Shevchenko’s belt.
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