Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Eye: Predictions, Betting Tips, Odds & Statistics

UFC 238 Shevchenko vs Eye
UFC 238 Shevchenko vs Eye

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
United Center
Women Flyweight·Co-main
UFC 238


Valentina Shevchenko 1.09 | Jessica Eye 7.50

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Tale of the tapePredictions & Betting TipsOdds | Statistics

The women’s flyweight title is on the line at UFC 238 this weekend in Chicago, as champion Valentina Shevchenko takes on #1 contender Jessica Eye at the United Center.

Tale of the tape

UFC Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko
16-3-0

UFC Eye

Jessica Eye
14-6-0,1NC

31 Age 32
65in Height 66in
125lbs Weight 125lbs
67in Reach 66in

Predictions & Betting Tips

After beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the vacant title in December, this is a first defence of flyweight gold for Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko. The Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian takes on Ohio native Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye, who’s flourished at 125 pounds after an unsuccessful run at bantamweight.

Eye made her UFC debut at 135 pounds in 2013, but her split decision win was subsequently ruled a no contest after she tested positive for marijuana. After that, she only won one of her six fights in the division, before cutting to flyweight in January 2018 and winning each of her three bouts.

All of those victories came via decision, which is how Shevchenko beat Jedrzejczyk at the end of last year. Bullet won the right to contest the vacant strap after submitting Priscila Cachoeira following her split decision loss to Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title, as she also dropped down to flyweight in her pursuit of gold.

Shevchenko is one of the most naturally gifted fighters among the women’s ranks, and she packs a punch at this weight. She’s not necessarily known as a knockout artist, with both of her UFC wins inside the distance coming by way of submission. She boasts excellent precision though, and has only ever lost to Nunes in the franchise, twice via decision.

Accurate and with a great tendency to pick the right shots, this promises to be a tough night for Eye.

The key to the fight is whether Eye can live with Shevchenko’s movement and striking range, and what she can throw back in return. The champion is a seriously good operator though, and her low kicks, body strikes and takedowns are all to be watched out for.

The smart money goes on Shevchenko to finish Eye before the end of the contest. The best prediction for the fight could be the champion to retain her title via submission.

Odds

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Statistics

  • Valentina Shevchenko comes into her first title defence on the back of four wins in her last five fights
  • Jessica Eye meanwhile has won her last three bouts, although she lost four in a row before that – they were all at bantamweight though
  • Shevchenko has only ever tasted defeat three times in MMA, with two of those coming via decision against the UFC’s first ever two-weight champion, Amanda Nunes
  • Eye brings a 37% striking accuracy into the contest, while Shevchenko’s is 51%
  • Shevchenko is currently ranked #14 in the pound-for-pound standings, while Eye is the #1 flyweight contender

Valentina Shevchenko 1.09 | Jessica Eye 7.50

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