The #4 ranked women’s bantamweight in the UFC, Jessica Eye, was one of the special guests in Chicago for the UFC Fight Club Q&A on Friday—alongside Demetrious Johnson and Tyron Woodley. After being introduced midway through, she began by first trying to excite the crowd, getting them to stand up and get a little rowdy. She had one answer to a fan’s question that really excelled and stood out amongst the rest.
It wouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Jessica has an eye on the top fighters in her division, when asked about how she plans to deal with the top two Olympian grapplers in her division—Ronda Rousey (bronze medalist in judo) and Sara McMann (silver medalist in freestyle wrestling), who will be fighting on the same card as Eye, and for the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 170—Eye responded admirably by saying,
“I think it’s awesome that all of the women have accomplished something at such a high level. But it doesn’t mean that just because I don’t hold a gold medal or I didn’t go to the Olympics, doesn’t mean that I don’t possess the tools to be an amazing fighter, or to be the best in the world. I mean yes I guess for some other people maybe looking from the outside it may look scary, but for me it’s just a medal. I mean I understand that. I’ve been through things in my life, I’ve trained hard for many many years. To me I’m a gold medalist in MMA, regardless of what anybody else wants to say. To me I’m a superstar and I’m the best, and just as they do too. But I don’t need that to perform at a top level or to feel great about myself like I have accomplished something because being in the UFC goes without saying that you have accomplished something very high.”
This was meant with a nice ovation from the group of fans in attendance.
After defeating top ranked bantamweight and former Strikeforce Women’s champion Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 via a close split decision in her UFC debut, Jessica Eye continued to make her presence known, reiterating that “The real evil is here”—“I’m here now, it’s going to be really hard to get rid of me.” Fans will get a chance to see ‘the real evil’ at UFC 170 when she is scheduled to take on fellow contender, Alexis Davis, in what could be a potential number 1 contender’s fight.
“I just got here, and like I said it a million times, the evil is coming. The true evil is coming.” – Jessica Eye
Before joining the UFC, Eye was fighting at her natural weight class of 125lbs for various promotions, including Bellator, but in order to join the UFC, she had to move up a weight class into the bantamweight division. She had a few choice words when asked about Invicta FC featherweight champion, Cris “Cyborg” Justino saying, “I don’t ever think she can ever make 35. I mean bottom line, I mean there’s just humanly not possible for her to make 35. And if she does, kudos to her man, she did it. Until you come to 15 or 35, you can’t mess with any of the girls in the UFC. You can talk all you want but make a choice, I mean either 15 or 135, cause that’s what they’re offering us. So, take what’s offered, don’t push for something that isn’t offered.”