MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JESSICA EYE NEXT FOR VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO
We just watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together 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 will be defended soon, as well.
According to UFC president Dana White, who talked to reporters following the UFC’s debut event on ESPN in Brooklyn, New York, the world’s top MMA organization is set to give Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She will take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its title later this year, though White didn’t say 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 match and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a principal event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or maybe even as a co-main event to get a pay-per-view.
White told reporters concerning Eye getting the next title shot after somebody 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 since they both fought on the same UFC 231 card, and now we know that’s really the case.
Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by creating 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’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 division. The fact she’s gone the distance in eight of her 10 UFC fights is about going up against a finisher like Shevchenko who probably has to be halted so as to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked enhanced at flyweight and her obtaining the next title shot makes sense.
Shevchenko (16-3) needed a 4-2 record for a bantamweight in the UFC, but her two losses came against 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 been demonstrated to be a fantastic move for her since 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 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.
Obviously this struggle isn’t 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be officially announced soon, and once it does the oddsmakers should not have a lot of trouble lining the struggle. I’m fully expecting Shevchenko to be a massive favorite yet again, starting at least around -500 and being steamed even higher. Shevchenko always receives a tremendous amount of aid from bettors while Eye traditionally doesnt get much of any, so this isn’t 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 shoot Shevchenko’s belt.
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