Jessica Eye Defeats Leslie Smith At UFC 180 In Mexico City

Posted: November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
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In one of the best performances of her career, Jessica “Evil” Eye earned her first official UFC victory tonight at UFC 180: “Werdum vs Hunt” in Mexico City, Mexico. Eye excelled on the feet en route to a second-round TKO win over Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith when the doctor stopped the bout.

Eye started strong and never let up in tonight’s bantamweight battle. She held a clear edge in speed in the striking exchanges and opened a bad cut on Smith’s cauliflowered ear in round one. Smith’s ear got even worse in round two and the fight was stopped on the advice of the cageside doctor.

To read the full recap, (click here).

  1. Andy says:

    Super impressive performance by Eye – she has vastly improved in the 10 months since her fight against Alexis Davis. To me, this win vaults Jessica to clear #2 contender, right behind Zingano — and she lays the best claim to be the next to fight for the title in 2015. Brutal girl, extremely talented, and is great looking — and she can sure sell a fight.

    I feel very badly for Leslie though. So unfortunate what happened to her ear — but in all honestly, she wasn’t going to beat Jessica last night, and Herb Dean did a superb job in ensuring Smith didn’t take any more damage. Leslie Smith will be back. Dana White called her a “warrior” after the fight and said she’d fight again as soon as her ear healed.

    Bravo to both women – they did WMMA proud last night.

  2. timwmma says:

    True, it was an impressive performance, however it just brings her UFC record to 1-1 & 1NC, so I’d say she’s still a win or 2 away from a title shot.

    • Andy says:

      That’s a very good point. Just the way Rousey’s cleaned out the division, and presuming she beats Zingano in February (which is by no means certain, but highly probable), I just don’t know who’s left to next face Rousey for the title. Based on last night, I think Eye would win rematches with both Kaufman and Davis, and I think Eye would beat Tate or McMann at this point. With Cyborg sidelined for who knows how long, there are just very few decent, sellable fights for Rousey.

      But yes, perhaps slot Eye on the Rousey-Zingano card and have her fight Bethe Correia perhaps. Or maybe simply the winner of Tate-McMann and make that fight a title eliminator. Or go for the gusto and have an Eye-Kaufman rematch and make that the title eliminator. Yes, another solid win for Eye would indeed put her in good position.

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