We just watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over last weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks like the women’s flyweight title will be defended shortly, as well.
Based on UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters following the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA organization is set to give Jessica Eye the next title shot 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its name later this season, though White didn’t say when the belt would be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards a month up until June, the advertising 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 for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting another title shot after somebody asked him if Joanne Calderwood — who predicted Eye out following her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the name. There were rumors Eye was going to be following for Shevchenko since they fought on precisely the exact same UFC 231 cardand now we know that’s 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 album for a bantamweight, Eye is now 3-0 in 125lbs. She has conquered 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 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 needs to be halted so as to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked improved at flyweight along with her getting the next 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 go down in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has been demonstrated to be a fantastic move for her as she destroyed Priscila Cachoeira in her UFC flyweight introduction to get a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to claim the empty belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable in the Octagon, and it’s difficult to see anybody at 125lbs giving her much of a fight when she is so much beyond everybody in the division so far as ability goes.
Clearly this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be officially announced shortly, and once it does the oddsmakers should not 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 greater. Shevchenko always gets an enormous amount of support from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of some, so this isn’t a difficult fight to line. As good as Eye has looked in her recent few fights since falling down from bantamweight, it is hard to see her being the fighter to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be paid should you make a purchase after clicking on the links.
Read more: rainymonster.com