We just watched the UFC guys’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw within last weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks like the women’s flyweight title is going to be defended shortly, as well.
Based on UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters following the UFC’s introduction event on ESPN at Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA company is set to give Jessica Eye the next title shot at 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this year, though White did not state when the belt would be defended. Together with the UFC running three or four cards a month up 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 on ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main event for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters about Eye getting another title shot after someone asked him if Joanne Calderwood — who called Eye out following her decision win over Ariane Lipski — was in line to fight for the name. There were rumors Eye was likely to be next for Shevchenko as they both fought on precisely the same UFC 231 cardand now we know that’s indeed true.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by creating the movement down to flyweight. After fighting a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 in 125lbs. She has conquered Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings in order to get the title shot in the UFC’s new branch. The fact she has 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 stopped in order to conquer, but Eye has looked enhanced at flyweight along with her obtaining the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record for a bantamweight from the UFC, but her two losses came from champion Amanda Nunes and she had 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 since she destroyed Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to find a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to claim the vacant belt. Outside of the Nunes fights, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable from the Octagon, and it is hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she is so far beyond everyone else in the branch so far as skill goes.
Clearly this struggle is not 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be formally announced soon, and once it does the oddsmakers should not have much trouble lining the struggle. I am fully expecting Shevchenko for a massive favorite however again, starting at least around -500 and possibly being steamed even higher. Shevchenko always receives an enormous amount of support from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this is not a difficult struggle to line. As great as Eye has appeared in her latest few fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it’s hard to see her being the boxer to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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