UFC Fight Night 132 is a week away as the main card features an interesting flyweight bout between veteran Jessica Eye and upcoming prospect Australia’s Jessica-Rose Clark.
Eye made her flyweight debut back in January and defeated another prospect in Kalindra Faria to snap a four-fight losing streak. Eye recalled the struggling days she endured when she was competing in the bantamweight division.
“I don’t know who that is,” she said. “I left that girl behind. This is who they’ve been waiting on and I don’t identify myself with that girl. They can just let her go.”
“It was wrong weight, wrong time,” she said. “And now it’s right weight, right time. I can’t go back and change anything. I was given an opportunity to come up a weight class and where was I gonna go? Was I not going to go to the UFC? Where else is there to go to fight? I’m a gamer, I tried, I believed I could be the best ’35er and I contended with all of them.”
Eye was 10-1 competing in the flyweight division however signing with the UFC made her compete at bantamweight as UFC had no flyweight division back then. For someone with that kind of start she went 1-5-1NC in her 7 fights at bantamweight. She also got fierce competition her way facing fighters like Miesha Tate, Sara Mcmann, Sarah Kauffman, Bethe Correia, Alexis Davis, Julianna Pena and Leslie Smith.
Going into her bout with Jessica-Rose Clark in Singapore, Eye is confident about her future and feels no regret about her past fights.
“The hunger for learning is back and I’m learning new things and seeing them work and it’s making me more dangerous in there. And the more dangerous I am, the more money I make and the more money I make, the happier I am because I can do the things I want. (Laughs) I like to have things and I like to give, so I need to win fights so I can do that.”
“The words ‘eliminate self-doubt’ have been said multiple times to me throughout this camp and I need to say it too,” she said. “It’s like the momentum that you can’t stop, like things are just happening the way they’re supposed to. My weight’s coming down, I came here early, I was able to do all that so that I’m able to continuously move forward towards a title run. At 125, all bets are off. I’m given a full chance at success.”