Jessica Eye was one of the big winners on the undercard of UFC 231. The 32-year-old American has long put her horror run of 4 bantamweight losses in 2015 and 2016 behind her and has looked a lot more comfortable in the flyweight division. A see-sawing affair against Katlyn Chookagian over the weekend saw a hard fought, but a well-earned victory which may even be enough to see her granted a shot at the title.
Dana White had huge wraps on Eye, having this to say back in 2015:
“She’s got great takedown defence, terrific hands and she’s got that special something about her. She’s a fighter, man. She’s one of those fighters like I talk about, who is a pure fighter. When it’s go-time, she’s as tough as there is, and she loves it.”
Post-fight, after being announced as the winner, Eye was not shy in asking for what she really wanted. That was a shot at the women’s flyweight title. She rose 8 spots to become the number 1 contender for the crown taken by Valentina Shevchenko, as well, on Saturday evening.
The huge effort has definitely put her in contention and firmly on the radar of fans and key decision makers. It was then that Eye brought us back to a funny incident from back in 2016, when at a weigh-in for UFC 192.
Rogan was caught red handed, copping an eyeful of Eye as she prepared to take the scales. Post-fight she said jokingly: ‘I don’t know why you can stare at my butt but never have me on your podcast!’ We wonder what will happen first: the podcast or a shot at the belt! Check it out here: