MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JESSICA EYE NEXT FOR VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO
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 now it loooks as the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended soon, too.
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 top MMA company is set to provide Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this season, though White did not state when the belt could be defended. Together with the UFC running three or four cards a month up until June, the promotion 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 maybe even as a co-main occasion for a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning 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 title. There were rumors Eye was going to be following for Shevchenko as they both fought on precisely the same UFC 231 cardand now we know that is indeed the case.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by making the move down to flyweight. After struggling with a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 at 125lbs. She has conquered Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to get the title shot in the UFC’s new division. The fact she has gone the distance in nine of her 10 UFC fights is about going up from a finisher such as Shevchenko who probably needs to be stopped so as to beat, but Eye has looked enhanced at flyweight along with her obtaining another title shot is logical.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record for a bantamweight in the UFC, but her two losses came from champion Amanda Nunes and she had to make a go down in weight in order to find another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has proven to be a great move for her as she destroyed Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to get a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in UFC 231 to maintain the empty belt. Outside of this Nunes fights, Shevchenko has appeared unstoppable from the Octagon, and it is difficult to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she’s so far beyond everybody in the branch as far as ability goes.
Obviously this fight is not 100 percent official yet, but it appears likely to be officially announced shortly, and once it does the oddsmakers shouldn’t have a lot of trouble lining the fight. I am fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite however again, opening at least around -500 and possibly being steamed even greater. Shevchenko always receives a tremendous amount of support from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this isn’t a difficult fight to line. As great as Eye has appeared in her latest few fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it’s difficult to see her being the fighter to shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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