Jessica Eye Biography
Jessica Eye is an American professional mixed martial artist and fighter currently competing as a flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Eye is known for her quick boxing, agility, and defense; which has led to FoxSports.com referring to her as “one of the best strikers in the women’s division” She started as an amateur in 2008 when she began competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) going undefeated in her amateur record through the year 2010. She found additional success after turning pro, winning each of her fights in Bellator and holding a 10-1 record upon signing with the UFC in 2013. She is #1 in official UFC women’s flyweight rankings as of December 12, 2018.
Age| Birthday| How Old is Jessica Eye?
The MMA Fighter was born on July 27, 1986, in Rootstown, Ohio, United States and is 33 years old in 2019.
Jessica Eye Height & Weight
In regards to her height; the MMA fighter stands at a height of 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) She weighs 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Jessica Eye Family| Parent
She was born to Mr. Randy Allen and Mrs. Colleen Joanne Eye. She lived with her half-sisters, Jennifer Carlisle-Brunner and Heather Carlisle-Hunter as well as with his brother, Randy Miles Eye. When she was only 6 years old, her parents divorced which led to a separation within the family. The divorce consecutively led to her mother and sisters relocating to the Washington D.C suburbs of Virginia.
Eye enrolled and attended an elementary school in Virginia but returned to Ohio as her father earned full custody of her. She met her teens in Rootstown Ohio; where she graduated high school and was a shining star athlete at Rootstown High. She graduated in 2005 from Rootstown High School and Maplewood Career Center. She then attended the University of Akron, but never finished her four-year degree.
When she was 16 years old, she was however involved in an accident. A drunk driver plowed into Jessica and her father Randy while they were trying to start her stranded car on the roadside. She suffered a broken back, among other injuries, and was bed-ridden for three months. She credits this incident by creating her drive towards success in mixed martial arts.
On June 4, 2019, Eye wrote in an article for The Players’ Tribune detailing the abuse she suffered as a teenager from her father. One particular abuse instance when Eye was 14, led to her father being arrested and charged with child endangerment and domestic abuse.
Jessica Eye Networth
Mrs. Eye’s net worth is estimated to be more than $238,000; with her income streaming from her career as an MMA fighter as well as from endorsements with companies such as Adidas.
Jessica Eye Career
NAAFS and ROC
In June 2008, She made her amateur debut in mixed martial arts (MMA). She went undefeated as an amateur, winning five matches in total and becoming the first North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) amateur women’s champion on December 5, 2009. In June 2010, Eye made her professional MMA debut with North American Allied Fight Series in her native state of Ohio, defeating Amanda LaVoy by TKO (elbows). She defeated Marissa Caldwell in her second pro bout.
Jessica suffered her first loss on June 4, 2011, in an NAAFS professional women’s flyweight championship bout against Aisling Daly.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Following her first professional loss, Eye signed with Bellator Fighting Championships; making her debut in September 2011, defeating Casey Noland by split decision at Bellator 51. After winning two fights for NAAFS, Eye next competed at Bellator 66 on April 20, 2012. She was originally scheduled to face Aisling Daly in a rematch, but Daly withdrew from the fight due to an ear infection. Eye faced Anita Rodriguez instead and defeated Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In August 2013, Eye signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), moving up to the bantamweight division since, at the time, the UFC did not have a women’s flyweight division. The anticipation surrounding her debut was covered by USA Today and FoxSports.com. On May 2017, she announced plans to compete in the UFC’s newly created 125-pound flyweight division.
Return to flyweight
In August 2017, ESPN reported that Eye would make her UFC flyweight debut against Paige VanZant at UFC 216 on October 7. However, VanZant pulled out of the fight on September 25 citing a back injury. Subsequently, Eye was expected to be rescheduled against a separate opponent at another event
Eye faced Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC flyweight title in the co-main event at UFC 238 on June 8, 2019. She lost the fight via a head kick knockout in the second round
Jessica Eye Modelling
In July 2015, the mixed martial artist was considered for the cover of Cosmopolitan; a women’s entertainment and lifestyle’s magazine as part of a feature on female athletes. She modeled for the article and discussed how her upbringing had led her to become a fighter. In March 2016, Eye was featured in a Cleveland-based theme magazine titled Pressure Life as one of the models.
Eye is largely recognized for exceptional hand speed and her use of variety and is known as an agile striker. During exchanges, she often utilizes quick jabs, looping hooks, combinations, and body shots. Against Leslie Smith at UFC 180, she landed 32 strikes in the first two minutes.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto noted that Eye “makes a concerted effort to pick opponents apart, dart in and out, move laterally and work behind her jab.” However, he also described her as predictable at times due to her extensive focus on boxing. Following Eye’s UFC debut, Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com called her “a skilled striker with fast hands.”Damon Martin of FoxSports.com has described Eye as “one of the best strikers” in women’s MMA.
In addition to her boxing, she makes regular use of body kicks. She is also known for her active striking during a clinch. When pressing an opponent against the cage, she normally attacks with knees, elbows, and uppercuts
Jessica Eye Awards & Accomplishments
2018 Comeback Fighter of the Year
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly references Eye in a re-mixed version of the song “Till I Die”
Total of 22 fights
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 10
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 5
No contests 1