LAS VEGAS – As somebody who as soon as competed at the next weight class however now fairly enjoys her new residence, Jessica Eye has some issues for anybody going the opposite means.
“I’m jacked about how a lot I do know my measurement will play into an element with this,” Eye advised MMA Junkie. “I keep in mind going up a weight class and pondering that, ‘Oh, I can grasp with them.’ You understand what I imply? ‘It’s onerous to make flyweight, however I can grasp with bantamweights’ – and that’s not true. That wasn’t true. It actually wasn’t.”
Latest UFC ladies’s flyweight title challenger Eye (15-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) takes on Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) in the principle occasion of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 10 occasion from UFC Apex. The cardboard airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.
Calvillo is transferring up a division after twice lacking weight in her seven UFC strawweight appearances, and she or he will get a giant struggle in her debut at flyweight dealing with Eye, who’s ranked No. three within the newest USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie MMA rankings. Nevertheless, Eye stated she had no hesitation in taking a contender who’s unproven at 125 kilos, accepting UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard’s provide instantly – or, at the very least, instantly after he lastly tracked her down with the assistance of Xtreme Couture’s Eric Nicksick.
“I used to be taking a nap that day from my earlier coaching, and when Mick referred to as me, I didn’t see it,” Eye stated. “Then Eric blew my telephone up. As quickly as I lastly picked up the telephone, he was like, ‘Jessica, you vs. Cynthia Calvillo, principal occasion if Dana (White) approves it on June 13 right here in Vegas.’ I used to be like, ‘In Vegas? Effectively, yeah, however let me get up. Maintain on.’
“I actually walked to my lounge the place my associates have been at, and I used to be like, ‘They only provided me a principal occasion struggle June 13. I’m going to take it.’ They have been like, ‘F-ck, yeah. Let’s do that.’ So was my group.”
Eye definitely isn’t wanting on the matchup as some sort of walkover. In any case, though she feels Calvillo could also be in for a impolite awakening, she definitely doesn’t see her as incapable. And with a shot at make an instantaneous impression within the division on the road, Calvillo is sure to be pushed.
“I do know Cynthia is a gamer,” Eye stated. “I’m positive this has bought to intensify her sense. I’m positive she’s bringing her A recreation. She’s combating the No. 1 woman. This may very well be a giant soar for her. This may very well be a giant day for her, you realize what I imply?
“I might see why she would need the struggle, and you realize why I need the struggle? As a result of I wish to show that regardless of who they put in entrance of me, I’m pretty much as good as I imagine I’m and pretty much as good as I do know I’m, and I like profitable. I like profitable, and it’s all a few win.”
Eye vs. Calvillo has taken a little bit of criticism from followers for its placement as a headlining bout, however the 33-year-old Ohio native stated she isn’t nervous about these opinions. As an alternative, it’s all about constructing off her December win and proving that her 4-1 document within the UFC since transferring down from 135 kilos is not any accident, and she or he nonetheless belongs on the prime of the division.
And sadly for Calvillo, Eye says, that would imply a really impolite welcome to her new neighborhood.
“I suppose we’ll must see whether or not or not I lace that proper hand straight down the pipe or I put it on her physique and break her physique all the way down to the place she will’t stand,” Eye stated.