To some, Jessica Eye (10-1) might be considered the underdog coming into her UFC debut against a tough opponent in Sarah Kaufman (16-2). Kaufman who has challenged the best 135er in the world has also had two previous fights with the UFC prior to the scheduled bout with Eye at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas on October 19, 2013.
Jessica Eye is more familiar with competing in the 125lb divisions in other brands but since the UFC only has one (the women’s bantamweight division), she will be forced to compete outside of her normal element. Despite this, Eye had made it clear earlier today that although some might consider her the biggest underdog throughout the entire division, Jessica has other plans to spoil any accusations.
“I am sure I am going into the @ufc as the biggest underdog in female div. “I am the lil 125 coming up first big show blah blah” WELL NO…” Jessica tweeted roughly around 10:00PM EST on September 15, 2013.
Both Eye and Kaufman have certainly built a name for themselves, as Jessica being a two-time Bellator MMA veteran, and Kaufman having competed for Strikeforce multiple occasions as well as for Invicta FC’s and Shannon Knapp’s promotion based out of Kansas City, MO.
Although no official odds are out, it may be predicted that “Evil” will be a slight underdog coming in to her promotional debut.
Eye has obtained wins over Carina Damn, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, and in her Belaltor debut she defeated Casey Noland. Her only loss coming to Aisling Daily who has also faced top completion within Invicta FC.
Both Kaufman and Eye have only losses on their record via submission. Kaufman has been stopped by current UFC champion Ronda Rousey, as well as Marloes Coenen.
Between a combined 26 fights, only Eye has captured one submission victory in her career while Kaufman has never finished a fight by way of tap out.
UFC 166 only contains one women’s bout, while airing on the Fox Sports 1 preliminary portion of the fight card.
Other scheduled fights for the event include key match-ups such as:
(UFC 166 Main Card on PPV)
Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos (HW championship fight)
Daniel Cormier vs Roy Nelson
Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez
Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shawn Jordan
John Dodson vs Darrell Montague
(UFC 166 Preliminary Fights on fox Sports 1)
Luke Rockhold vs Tim Boetsch
Nate Marquardt vs Hector Lombard
Sarah Kaufman vs Jessica Eye
George Sotiroppulos vs KJ Noons
(UFC Preliminary Fights on Facebook/Youtube)
TJ Waldurger vs Adlan Amoagov
Tony Fergusson vs Mike Rio
Charles Oliveira vs Jeremy Larsen
The host to UFC 166 is the Toyota Center, in which held the final fight between than lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and challenger Gray Maynard in their epic trilogy.
The event held 16,164 Houston fans, and we could possibly expect there to be more in attendance for the final fight between Velasquez and Dos Santos in their final meeting, and the end to one epic trilogy as well.