According to Jessica Eye, she has a distinct size advantage against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC’s June 13 event.
Having fought seven times in the UFC bantamweight division, Eye sees herself as the bigger fighter in the flyweight matchup with Calvillo. While on the Luke Thomas Show via SiriusXM, Monday, May 25, Eye told Jimmy Smith there’s a clear difference between fighting at the two weight classes.
“I’m not a little 25er and everybody knows that,” Eye said to Smith.
“I’ve contended with the top five 35ers, took them all to decisions. The little girls, I just don’t know, it’s nothing against her [Calvillo], I just think there’s weight classes for a reason.”
Eye found a home in the UFC’s women’s flyweight division. “Evil” is 4-1 since making her 125 lbs. octagon debut.
Eye won three-straight bouts before losing to champion Valentina Shevchenko via second-round head kick at UFC 238 in June 2019.
The 33-year-old is already working her way back up the ranks. She earned a unanimous decision against Viviane Araujo at UFC 245 in December 2019.
The way Eye sees it, having her name at the top of the division is inevitable.
“When I said I came to 25, we all knew since day one when I’ve been in the 125 division that I am champion material,” Eye said. “I’m going to be the champ. The story ends that way.”
No stranger to the division
Her move to the UFC’s flyweight division came after four-straight decision losses at 135 lbs. Eye fought her first seven fights as a bantamweight, but fought as a flyweight before signing with the UFC.
Eye gained a lot of attention from a first-round arm-triangle victory over Zoila Frausto at Bellator 83 in December 2012. The bout took place at 125 lbs.
Just eight years later, Eye continues her climb to the top.
Does Jessica Eye have the size advantage over Cynthia Calvillo?