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UFC odds are already listed for the event, here’s a complete betting guide previewing Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo, including updated odds and our betting prediction.
Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 11:55 PM EDT
It’s that time of the week again, where we focus on the main event of next week’s UFC headliner. With Amanda Nunes & Felicia Spencer set to steal the show at UFC 250 this weekend in Vegas, another pair of female martial artists will headline next weeks UFC Fight Night event with #1 ranked flyweight Jessica Eye, taking on the #10 ranked strawweight Cynthia Calvillo.
A step up in weight divisions and a step up in the level of competition for Calvillo is set to show us just how ready she is for a top-five fighter. After failing to accomplish her title challenge, UFC staple of the female flyweights Jessica Eye is defending her number one position with intentions of grabbing herself a second opportunity at gold.
Jessica Eye (15-7-0)
33-year-old Jessica Eye has made a name for herself in the female flyweight division and WMMA in general. After a mid-career hiatus during 2016, a 4-fight losing streak put Eye for enough time for her to refine the skills she’s always had. Her return to the octagon turned her losing streak into a 3-fight winning streak, enabling her a chance at the flyweight title, unfortunately for Eye, the defending champion is arguably one of the best to ever step foot inside the octagon… Valentina Shevchenko.
A vicious head kick and a serious concussion later, Jessica Eye was back in a position she’d rather forget; a losing streak. The kick was so devastating, I was concerned at Eye and her recovery when she accepted a-bout against Viviane Araujo with just a five-month layoff, but she proved the doubters and I very wrong with a decision victory. Now, back on track, Eye is ready for a new challenge in Cynthia Calvillo.
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, it’s on record from Eye herself that her upbringing wasn’t one of a “normal” child and dealt with abuse from a young age. She found MMA through this pent-up aggression and is now the #12 ranked female in mixed martial artist on the planet. Her elusive boxing offence has helped Eye make a name for herself inside & outside of the octagon.
After a minor stint in the Bellator MMA promotion, the UFC signed Eye in 2013, she is 5-6 in the UFC but has come on strong with her skills before her 2016-2018 two-year layoff. Arguably in the prime of her career, win or lose next weekend, we won’t have seen the last of Jessica ‘Evil Eye’.
Opening as the -135 favorite, the betting public saw value in Calvillo and have shifted the line to evens. As the more experienced veteran, fighting the best fights of her career, I was surprised to see the line move so quickly.
Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1)
Her first six professional fights went down in style and the Cynthia Calvillo was met with a UFC reality check. The American Top Team prospect doesn’t have a lavish background in MMA or a decorated achievement you’d be aware of, but Cynthia knows how to fight and fight is exactly what she’s done. With just one defeat on her record and a tidy resume of girls she’s defeated, a win against the #1 flyweight in the world would propel her career significantly.
Her previous bout was a humbling one, especially in the striking department, but with her grappling and determination was able to walk away with a majority draw against undefeated Marina Rodriguez.
A step up in weight divisions against the #1 flyweight is certainly a brave move by Calvillo, and in reality, what does she have to lose? It’s a win/win situation for her.
The line move in favor of Calvillo has stolen the value that any credible bet could be made on her money line. Although, +115 down to -105 isn’t the biggest line move in history, so if you fancy a sprinkle on Cynthia with your UFC picks it can still be justifiable.
UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo Early Prediction & Betting Pick
How Can Eye Win the Fight?
Consistently evolving her BJJ game – it might be easier for Eye to keep this fight standing than critics may first anticipate. She’s booked for a BBJ matchup later this month so Eye is more than prepared to put some grappling on display.
Her game plan, however, should not be one focused on grappling. Eye should hold a significant striking advantage and pose a dangerous threat to Calvillo on the feet.
How Can Calvillo Win the Fight?
It’s an easy one for Calvillo, and that’s to hope her strength has transitioned up to the 125lb flyweight division, focus on grappling and potentially lock a submission.
Calvillo has a history of close decisions but if she decides to strike with Eye for the full fifteen then she could find herself on the losing end of the stick.
Who Will Win the Fight?
I have to side with the girl who’s proved her worth in a division she’s comfortable in; Jessica Eye. Calvillo can certainly make this fight a close one and don’t be surprised if we witness a split decision but I’ll side with the larger, more experienced striker.