MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JESSICA EYE NEXT FOR VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

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  • Postado em 25 de julho, 2019


    We just watched the UFC men’s flyweight title defended by Henry Cejudo together with his TKO win over TJ Dillashaw over this past weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and now it loooks as the women’s flyweight name is going to be defended shortly, as well.
    According to UFC president Dana White, who spoke to reporters after the UFC’s debut event on ESPN in Brooklyn, New York, the world’s leading MMA organization is set to give Jessica Eye another title shot 125lbs. She’ll take on UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for its name later this season, though White did not state when the belt would be defended. With the UFC running three or four cards per month up until June, the promotion had a great deal of holes to match and Shevchenko vs. Eye makes sense as a principal event for a Fight Night card ESPN+, or perhaps even as a co-main event to get a pay-per-view.
    White told reporters concerning Eye getting the next title shot after someone asked him if Joanne Calderwood — who predicted Eye out after 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 exact same UFC 231 cardand now we know that’s indeed the case.
    Eye (14-6, 1 NC) has saved her career by making the movement down to flyweight. After struggling with a 1-5, 1 NC record for a bantamweight, Eye is currently 3-0 in 125lbs. She’s defeated Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian in her last three outings so as to get the title shot at the UFC’s newest 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 has to be halted in order to conquer, but Eye has definitely looked enhanced at flyweight and her obtaining 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 winner Amanda Nunes and she had to make a go down in order to get another title shot. Moving down to 125lbs has proven to be a great move for her as she ruined Priscila Cachoeira within her UFC flyweight debut to get a title shot, then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 to maintain the vacant belt. Outside of this Nunes fights, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable in the Octagon, and it is hard to see anyone at 125lbs giving her much of a struggle when she’s so far beyond everyone else in the division so far as skill goes.
    Clearly this fight isn’t 100 percent official yet, but it seems likely to be formally announced soon, and when it does the oddsmakers should not have much trouble lining the struggle. I am fully expecting Shevchenko to be a huge favorite however again, opening at least about -500 and 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 hard fight to line. As good as Eye has appeared in her recent few fights since dropping down from bantamweight, it is difficult to see that her being the boxer to take Shevchenko’s belt.
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