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UFC Vegas 2: Eye vs. Calvillo

Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo will face the main duel in a night that will have 9 fights in light categories, having only one fight in the welterweight and another in the welterweight. A great event for fans in the smaller categories.


Jessica Eye (15-7 / 1 NC in career, 5-6 / 1 NC in UFC) seems to have found stability in her career at 33 years old. Today in flyweight, with 4 victories in her last five fights, the veteran is in a much more comfortable situation than a few years ago, when she managed to suffer four consecutive defeats within the company.

In the recent retrospect, “Evil Eye” was able to clearly consolidate her right to a contest against the women's shallow 57kg belt, but ended up being knocked out by the brilliant Valentina Shevchenko. Now, he has the mission of not only remaining victorious, but filling his eyes in his next performances in order to claim another chance against the dominant champion. In her most recent performance, Jessica beat Brazilian Viviane Araújo, following as # 1 in the last ranking update.

On the other hand, Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) makes her debut in the division, having more chances to shine than in the extremely heavy straw weight in which she once competed (besides needing to wear less by cutting weight , something that had already caused him problems). The American arrived at the UFC in 2017 with some potential, but until then, she failed to take off. At 32 years old, the challenge at the highest weight is extremely valid, which can even favor your good jiu-jitsu.

Cynthia left something to be desired in the most important fights she has had so far in the UFC, losing against Carla Esparza and drawing in the race with Marina Rodriguez. After the defeat against the former champion, Calvillo also had the misfortune of testing positive for marijuana, receiving sanction from USADA that removed her from the cages for almost a year.

Eye has a certain margin at the head of this division, but the great truth is that this category is still under construction and there is a shortage of skilled athletes. Jessica has at her side the advantage of doing a little bit of everything reasonably well, which allowed her to reap good results in this weight range. His best version appeared after almost a decade as a professional, showing more secure, mature and strategic performances.

If in terms of technical breadth Eye has a certain advantage, on the ground this fight is very much in Calvillo's favor. AKA athlete's bread and butter is the opportunistic jiu-jitsu that yielded three of her UFC victories, all via rear naked choke. Cynthia's big problem is that, until she gets there, resources may be lacking when her opponents have a slightly more robust skill set.

To amplify his chances of winning, Calvillo must take his opponent to the ground. Jessica, bigger and stronger, knows this and must avoid putting herself in risky situations, which can even make this fight extremely boring. Cynthia tends to arrange some takedowns, but Eye has a decent defense and a certain physical power to stop the attacks of an opponent not so polite in the entrances and approaches.

Looking at Jessica's past fights against Araujo and Chookagian, for example, we have a clear idea that she is the best striker in Saturday's main event. There are - with some caution - precedents for believing that the ex-challenger can score even a quiet victory, adopting cautious movement and opening up an advantage with each touch. Even if you end up being knocked down and have a hard time, you are likely to get the better of the judges' papers.

The last weight on the scale that tilts my bet in the direction of Jessica Eye is the fact that we have never seen Calvillo do five rounds. With the extra weight and an opponent whose proper gameplan may require a lot of wear and tear, I believe a drop in performance in the final stretch is likely (if the fight arrives at that point, the chances of it being pretty ugly and sleepy is great).
My chips go to the ex-challenger, but it is that skinny guess, small letter, font 10, in someone who does not usually trust and is undoubtedly one of the best names in the division. Someone who, if he makes a mistake in specific circumstances, has an opponent on the other side ready to take advantage of it with the use of his greatest competence.