MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JESSICA EYE NEXT FOR VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO
We only watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw within this past weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and it loooks as the women’s flyweight title will 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 organization is set to give Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the name later this season, though White didn’t 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 fill and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a principal event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or maybe even as a co-main occasion to get a pay-per-view.
White told reporters about Eye getting another title shot after someone asked him when 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 likely to be following for Shevchenko since they fought on the exact same UFC 231 cardand we understand that’s 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’s 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 newest branch. The fact she has gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC fights is about going up against a finisher like Shevchenko who probably has to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked enhanced at flyweight along with her getting the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) had a 4-2 record for a bantamweight from the UFC, but her two losses came against champion Amanda Nunes and she needed to make a move 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 within her UFC flyweight introduction to find a title shot, then defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to maintain the empty belt. Outside of this Nunes struggles, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable from the Octagon, and it’s difficult to see anybody at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she’s so far beyond everyone else in the division as far as ability goes.
Obviously this fight isn’t 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be officially announced soon, and once it does the oddsmakers shouldn’t have much trouble lining the struggle. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite yet 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 some, so this is not a difficult struggle to line. As good as Eye has appeared in her latest couple of fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see that her being the fighter to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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