essica Eye came into the UFC on a seven-fight win streak, the last three over Angela Magana, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, and Carina Damm.
She defeated Sarah Kaufman via Split Decision in her 2013 UFC debut, but later had it overturned to a No Contest when she tested positive for the well known PED demon week marijuana.
Shortly after that her father was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. This is the same form of brain cancer that Ted Kennedy died from.
Her father was a hitter, and struck she and her brother through their childhoods, and once when she was 23. She cut him out of her life at that point, but the two reconciled when he was sticken. In fact, she raised $30,000 to help pay for his chemo and his radiation. He ultimately passed from the disease.
Eye has stuggled in the Octagon since the Kaufman win. She next lost a Split Decision to Alexis Davis, and bounced back with a TKO of Leslie Smith.
Since then she lost three in a row, all Unanimous Decisions, to Miesha Tate, Julianna Peña, and Sara McMann.
Currently ranked #10 in the division, she fights #11 ranked Bethe Correia on Saturday. During the UFC 203 open workout media scrum, Eye related a recent incident where she found a toothpick on her motorcycle. A toothpick was a trademark of her father’s, and she saw it as a sign that after he is with her still.
“I’ve got a spirit in the sky, man,” she said to Brent Brookhouse and John Morgan for MMAjunkie. I’ve got someone that’s looking out for me. I’ve got someone that’s giving me the energy that I almost lost for a little bit. If I could ever give any advice to anybody: Parents don’t come with a guideline or a book on how to raise. As a child, you don’t get stipulations, you’re just told to follow the rules and sometimes you don’t know how to because you’re just not grown up. I’m 30 now and I understand things differently now.
“I’m so thankful for the sports psychologist. Jack works with the Cleveland Cavaliers new recruits. I feel like he understood where I was going. I was almost going into something bigger now with a lot of publicity here in Cleveland, my home town. It’s something familiar and I’m using it as a fuel and not a handicap.”
Fuel would be useful, as the UFC ordinarily releases fighters after a fourth loss in a row, if not earlier.
“I’m not being told that I’m getting cut, but I’m looking at it that way,” said Eye. “Listen, I know how the UFC is. They’ve got a business to run. I have my own business to run and lately I’ve been operating under crappy circumstances and underestimating myself. Now it’s time to turn it on. What a better place to be at this very moment than right here? I never used to be a crazy believer in god, but I’m a believer in energy and stuff. I believe there’s a reason I’m here under these circumstances and I’m fortunate. I really am.”
Jessica Eye fights Bethe Corriea at UFC 203 on September 10, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.