Meisha Tate is not the only UFC women’s bantamweight fighter who thinks the possible popular new additions to the women’s roster need to fight before a title shot. Go ahead and add #6 ranked Jessica Eye to the list of fighters who want to see title shots earned, not given. There have been light murmurs that women’s mixed martial arts star turned Hollywood female action figure, Gina Carano, could possibly get a title shot upon agreeing to terms with the UFC. Another name that is worth mentioning to being rumored with the organization is Holly Holm, who is currently a free agent on the market after spending most of 2013 fighting for the Legacy Fighting Championship promotion, while having one fight with Bellator MMA. Holm currently holds an undefeated record in mixed martial arts, and is a former 18-time world boxing champion in three different weight categories. When asked if any of the two fighters deserved an immediate title shot or a fight first in the organization, UFC’s Jessica Eye held no punches as she responded to the question asked by the Guardian Liberty Voice.
“Certainly, I most certainly think they that should. Because of all of the women that have already been here, we have earned our way. I don’t think anyone deserves an automatic title shot. I mean, I don’t think that in any sport; it doesn’t happen in basketball or football, anything. They just don’t let anyone automatically go into the Super Bowl, you got to earn your way there. I believe in earning your way, I believe in climbing up that ladder, and beating the right people so you can get the fight that you want.”
Jessica Eye could possibly make a claim for her own respective title shot if she were to pick up a win over a notable opponent. She recently lost a very controversial split decision to the woman who will fight for the UFC women’s title July, Alexis Davis. Jessica also had a win overturned against another opponent holding out for a possible title shot as well, Sarah Kaufman. Jessica Eye has since moved on from her past troubles and has predicted a better, more grown up Jessica Eye in the near future. Could Jessica be one of the first women to welcome either of the two new possible additions to the women’s roster? With a confident smile and a slight grin on her face while answering the question, Eye made her answer pretty crystal clear.
“I would looooove to be one of those fighters that welcomes them.”
No more issues with her family, and newly found devotion to not allow fights to get to the judges; the new Jessica Eye could become one of the most dangerous we have ever seen. She has stuck to the gym during her absence, fine tuning all the weapons; and looking forward to make a push for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. Eye says it is time for her to let it go, never a better time than now.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
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