Jessica “Evil” Eye Prepares For First UFC FightOctober 19, 2013
Jessica “Evil” Eye is getting ready for the biggest fight of her life. UFC; the standard by which all MMA is measured. Eye, who resides in Cleveland, Ohio, sports a respectable pro record of 10-1, will step into the cage against the Canadian sensation, former Strikeforce Bantamweight champ, and extremely heavy-handed, Sarah Kaufman at the UFC 166 prelims, tonight at 8pm.
This is also Kaufman’s debut in the UFC.
Eye is making the move to the UFC from Bellator, the red-headed step child of MMA. Head Honcho of the most popular MMA gang on the planet, Dana White, saw something special in Eye and extended the invite. On August 20, 2013 Eye was officially one of the cool kids of the MMA community.
Eye is stepping up in weight from 125lbs to 135lbs in order to make Bantamweight, the only class available for women in the UFC. There have been a boatload of doubters noting the weight jump is too much for Eye to handle, but she assured everyone watching that she is ready and game for some action.
Eye expressed how taxing it was to actually cut weight to make 125, and said in a recent interview, “I’m up to 20-plus fights between boxing and MMA at 125,” she says. “I’m 27 years old now, and I’m sick of it being that hard. I’m ready to just fight. Let me have my full belly.”
From what we know about Jessica, she’s a fighter in every sense of the word. At 16-years-old, she was plowed into by a drunk driver, breaking her back and leaving her in a full body cast for four months, and bedridden for three months. Being severely injured and restricted to a bed is one of the most emotionally and mentally difficult things a person can go through, but Eye credits the experience for her success in Martial Arts.
“It made me find the most extreme Jessica possible,” said Eye.
As far as fighting, Eye displays strength, tenacity, and technique. That package was in full bloom as Eye submitted Zolia Frausto Gurgel with a standing arm-triangle choke during Bellator 83, and won via unanimous decision for her latest fight against Carina Damm.
Kaufman, however, is a forced to be reckoned with. She’s been in the ring with Rousey, Tate, and Carmouche, just to name a few. Most times she comes out victorious, and that’s why she’s ranked #4 in the world.
Eye, currently ranked 9th, definitely has her work cut out for her, but she does have some advantages in her corner. #1 Eye has ground game, and Kaufman’s two losses have been by submission. #2 Eye can trade punches. While not highly recommended, being that 10 out of Kaufman’s 16 wins came by way of knockout, Eye also possesses knockout power, the ability to trade, and a great chin.
If there’s blueprint for trading blows with the powerhouse, Leslie Smith did a fantastic job of taking it to Kaufman in their latest match at Invicta FC 5.
Overall I’m sure Eye will put on a great show, and rest assured she’ll be looking for one thing, the win.