UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has appeared unbeatable throughout her four-fight title reign, however the division continues to be stuffed with challengers working towards their shot on the belt.
That checklist contains former title challenger Jessica Eye (15-7) and Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1), who will meet in the principle occasion of Saturday’s UFC Combat Evening contained in the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas. Eye already got here up brief towards Shevchenko in June 2019, however continues to be ranked slightly below her within the UFC’s rankings. Calvillo is a former strawweight, making her 125-pound debut.
Shevchenko is anticipated to face Joanne Calderwood in her subsequent title protection, however the dominant champ has repeatedly stated she’d like to stay lively — and if she continues going via opponents with the convenience she has to date, she’s all the time going to be in want of a “subsequent in line.”
Eye and Calvillo will every look to construct their case for a future shot on Saturday, though Eye’s possibilities may need already taken a success as she missed weight for a second consecutive time throughout Friday’s official weigh-ins.
The co-main occasion might end up to seize the fight-of-the-night bonus as Marvin Vettori battles Karl Roberson in a middleweight bout fueled by dangerous blood. The 2 have been presupposed to combat twice earlier than, however the first time was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic and the second by a nasty weight lower by Roberson, who needed to be hospitalized. Vettori confronted Roberson within the host resort in Jacksonville after the second cancelation and the combat nearly befell within the foyer. Roberson missed weight as soon as once more, nevertheless it will not stop this combat from occurring.
Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi recap the motion because it performs out in Las Vegas.