UFC Women’s Bantamweight Jessica “Evil” Eye (11-3) fancies herself as the best in the division (other than Ronda) despite not having the title and losing in her last outing to the woman that Rousey has finished twice, Miesha Tate. In an interview with Fox Sports, Eye recounts her experience against Tate and how she had the perfect gameplan, that is until she got hit.
“The first four minutes of the fight I landed 29 (strikes) to her four hits. I think my striking and my movement speak for themselves. I’m not saying she didn’t hit me with a good jab and then I kind of stood up and after I watched the fight a couple of times I saw my mistake where I kind of left my head up and she lunged in with a heavy right hand,” Eye told FOX Sports.
“It didn’t even hurt me; it just shut my legs down. I’ve never had that happen before.”
Eye couldn’t keep a level head between rounds and let the failure of her last round loom over her next and ultimately the rest of the fight.
“I never lost consciousness or anything, but I think from that moment on and I went to the corner and I wasn’t even paying attention,” Eye said. “I was fixated on ‘What did she hit me with?’ I didn’t even know where it came from. So going into the second round, I hadn’t even paid attention to my coaches, and that was my error. I didn’t walk out of that fight with one bruise on my face, not one bruise on hands or my body,” Eye said. “I’m able to make the changes that I need to. I’m not taking anything away from Miesha. She won the fight and kudos to her.”
Jessica is slated to take on Julianna Pena (6-2) next and is admittedly going into this fight angry.
“I think she’s got a lot of heart and good abilities. She has a group of people around her that are similar to my team. Do I think she’s better than me? No. I’m never going to say any girl in my division is better than me,” Eye said.
“The only girl who is technically better is Ronda (Rousey) because she’s the champion and I’m not and screw anybody who doesn’t believe I should think that way about myself.”
“She knows going into this that I’m angry. I don’t want to lose,” Eye said.
“I do not make the same mistake twice. I do not. You don’t have to burn me more than once with a stick for me to know that it’s hot.”