Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria flyweight bout headed to UFC-St. Louis in January

The UFC’s new women’s flyweight division will be on display when the company debuts in St. Louis in January.

Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) will take on Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a 125-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 124. Promotion officials recently announced the new booking.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The 31-year-old Eye, a training partner of UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, is in desperate need of a win. Today marks the three-year anniversary since her lone official win under the UFC banner, a second-round TKO of Leslie Smith. Since then, she’s had four straight decision losses.

Eye actually debuted in the promotion at UFC 166 with a split-decision win over Sarah Kaufman. But that fight later was overturned to a no-contest after Eye tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

Brazil’s Faria debuted with the promotion in October at UFC 216, but suffered a submission loss to Mara Romero Borella. That setback snapped a three-fight winning streak that included a win 13 months prior under the Titan FC banner.

Prior to coming to the UFC, Faria’s resume featured losses to some highly recognizable names in women’s MMA: Carina Damm, Claudia Gadelha, Vanessa Porto, Jessica Aguilar and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 124 card includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White
  • Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC's Paige VanZant resumes training after back injury forced fight withdrawal

UFC women’s flyweight Paige VanZant is back in the training room after a back injury forced her to withdraw from a matchup with Jessica Eye at UFC 216 earlier this month.

Less than two weeks out from UFC 216, VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) revealed a back injury that prevented her from competing in the scheduled matchup with Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC). It only got worse from there. “12 Gauge” also was hit with cases of ring worm, pink eye, a sinus infection and a double ear infection.

It was a forgettable time for VanZant, but her health is seemingly now back in order, which means a fight booking could soon be on the horizon. The 23-year-old revealed the improvements to her health on social media (via Instagram):

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VanZant, who was slated to fight for the first time in 2017, recently won an episode of “Chopped” and was runner-up on Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” in May 2016. She looked to rebound from a December 2016 loss to Michelle Waterson with a move up to the UFC’s newly-created 125-pound division.

Although not confirmed, Eye has claimed the UFC is working on rebooking the matchup with VanZant at an event before the end of the year.

For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Off UFC 216 card, Paige VanZant is a real mess right now

Dann StuppAs UFC flyweight Paige VanZant put it, “When it rains it pours.”

And for the 23-year-old fighter, who was recently forced off next month’s UFC 216 lineup, it seems to be a torrential downpour.

As reported earlier this week, former strawweight VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was forced out of a flyweight fight with Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) due to a back injury. But VanZant’s list of ailments apparently stretches well beyond that.

Added in the mix? Some ear infections, pink eye and ringworm, as she wrote on Twitter:

VanZant, who was slated to fight for the first time in 2017, recently won an episode of “Chopped” and was runner-up on Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars.” She looked to rebound from a December 2016 loss to Michelle Waterson.

As for Eye, she also hasn’t fought since 2016; she lost opponent Aspen Ladd on the day of their July fight, and now she’s been removed from UFC 216, which takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in wake of VanZant’s removal from the pay-per-view main-card bout.

She summed up her luck in GIF form (via Twitter):

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Back injury knocks Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Paige VanZant will have to wait a little longer to make her debut in the newly created UFC women’s flyweight division.

VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered a back injury this past week and was ruled out to fight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) on the Oct. 7 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A VanZant team member told MMAjunkie the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. UFC officials subsequently announced VanZant’s injury and said Eye has been removed from the card, as well.

This morning, Eye appeared to vent about the cancelation on Twitter, posting a GIF with the caption, “Damn it.” The women’s bantamweight vet saw her previous fight canceled with even less notice when Aspen Ladd fell ill and was unable to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

After the scratch, Eye looked on the bright side and revealed UFC officials had promised her a fight at flyweight, where she competed prior to joining the UFC.

VanZant also looked for greener pastures at 125 pounds after the promotion opened the new division earlier this year. At 1-2 in her previous three outings, she eagerly accepted the bout with Eye because it didn’t require a debilitating weight cut.

But now, she’ll have to wait for a return. She hasn’t fought since this past December where she suffered a second-round submission loss to Michelle Waterson in a UFC on FOX 22 headliner.

Outside the cage, the 23-year-old starlet has kept busy with an autobiography that describes the bullying she endured while growing up in Dayton, Ore.

The UFC 216 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

For more on UFC 216, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 216 lineup set with interim lightweight title headliner in Las Vegas

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The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to its Las Vegas home base next month with an interim title at the top of the bill.

UFC 216 features a dozen fights on Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) takes on Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim lightweight title. The winner is expected to stay in line for a fight against current champ Conor McGregor.

In the co-headliner, Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) takes on former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC). Also on the main card, Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) moves down from bantamweight and Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) moves up from strawweight to meet in the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) at heavyweight, and to open the main card, Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) meets Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at lightweight.

The featured preliminary-card bout on FXX is at lightweight between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC), and the featured bout on UFC Fight Pass is at flyweight between Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and former title challenger John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC).

The complete UFC 216 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Well, Paige VanZant's nasty foot gash looks quite better

Well, at least Paige VanZant’s foot no longer has a gaping hole in it. So that’s a positive.

The UFC strawweight recently posted a picture of her left foot, which had a crescent-shaped wound roughly half the size of a 50-cent piece. Yeah, it’s gross (via Instagram):

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The first thought – other than “yick” – was how it might affect VanZant’s (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) reported UFC 216 flyweight fight booking with Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC). The pay-per-view event takes place Oct. 7 – roughly two months from now – at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 23-year-old VanZant, who recently posted a runner-up finish on “Dancing with the Stars 22” and then suffered a submission loss to Michelle Waterson in December, didn’t give any real details on the foot gash – other than the succinct caption of “Well damn.”

However, while chilling on a boat and catching some ‘rays, VanZant showed off her patched-up foot, which now appears to be in decent shape, all things considered (via Streamable):

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For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Report: Paige VanZant heading to flyweight for fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

The UFC’s new women’s flyweight division will get rolling in earnest later this year after Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

But ahead of that, a pair of big names reportedly will move up and down in weight to fight in the weight class at UFC 216. Strawweight Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), according to a report from FloCombat.com, will move up to 125 pounds to take on Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC), who finally will move down from bantamweight after talking about the change for months.

UFC officials have not yet announced the fight, which the report says has verbal agreements from the fighters in place. UFC 216 takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

VanZant will be looking to get back in the win column after being choked out by Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC on FOX 23 this past December in front of her home fans in Sacramento, Calif. She has alternated wins and losses her past four fights after starting a perfect 3-0 in the UFC with a TKO of Kailin Curran, a decision over Felice Herrig, and a submission of Alex Chambers.

But after that 3-0 run in the UFC, she was submitted by Rose Namajunas in their UFC Fight Night 80 main event in Las Vegas. She rebounded with a highlight-reel head kick knockout of Bec Rawlings at UFC on FOX 21, which earned her a $50,000 bonus, but then made it 0-2 in UFC headliners when she was put to sleep by Waterson.

There may be no one more in need of a UFC win, though, than Eye. After having her split-decision win over Sarah Kaufman overturned in 2013 for a positive marijuana test, it’s been tough sledding for the Ohio-based training partner of heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. Eye has gone 1-5 since then, including losses in four straight fights.

She dropped a split call to Alexis Davis at UFC 170 in February 2014, but rebounded with a TKO over Leslie Smith at UFC 180 later that year – her lone UFC win. Since then, it’s been four straight setbacks, all by decision, to Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann and Bethe Correia.

At the same time, though, perhaps no one in the UFC’s women’s ranks has had a tougher strength of schedule: Davis, McMann and Correia all challenged ex-champ Ronda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title, and Kaufman once fought her for the Strikeforce belt; Tate is a former UFC and Strikeforce champion; and Pena was the Season 18 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

With the potential addition, the UFC 216 lineup includes:

  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Abel Trujillo vs. Lando Vannata
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After scrapped fight with Aspen Ladd at TUF 25 Finale, Jessica Eye headed to flyweight

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LAS VEGAS – Rather than get rebooked in the women’s bantamweight division, Jessica Eye is heading down to flyweight.

Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) confirmed the move after her fight with Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale was canceled just one hour before the event’s start.

“I feel like something bigger and better is going to happen,” she told reporters backstage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I asked (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) if I could have my next fight at 125, and they told me yes.

“It’s an overwhelming bout of emotion. I feel like everything happens for a reason. Maybe that’s why it happened the way it did.”

Eye was in the locker room preparing to warm up when Shelby informed her that Ladd had fallen ill and wouldn’t be able to fight. She speculated that a bad weight cut led to Ladd’s withdrawal, though Ladd didn’t appear to be suffering when she weighed in on Thursday for the FS1-televised event.

“Unfortunately for her, that’s going to cost her a lot of accountability, because a part of being a fighter is making weight and making it to the fight,” Eye said.

But after struggling for several years to stay competitive as a bantamweight, Eye is using the situation to her advantage. Once a top-ranked flyweight outside the UFC, she is returning to the division in which she found the most success.

“How did anybody find out about me in fighting?” she said. “I was a 125er for years. I was in Bellator at 125; I beat everybody in Bellator. They cut their division, and thankfully the UFC had started to move up and (promote women). So the (bantamweight division) was the only place to go. I was 26 years old – what was I supposed to do? Sit on the bench until something bigger or better happened? I had no choice but to go up in weight.”

Eye plans on getting right back in the gym, hopefully for a return in New York in November. Does she have someone in mind when she returns to her natural weight division?

“Yeah, I do,” she said. “That’s for me to know and you to find out.”

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd scratched from tonight's TUF 25 Finale lineup

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Tonight’s lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale has a late scratch.

Bantamweight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) today announced her fight with promotional newcomer Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been canceled (via Instagram):

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UFC officials subsequently made a formal announcement, citing an “illness” for Ladd.

The TUF 25 Finale takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Eye vs. Ladd was scheduled to open the FS1-televised prelims. As a result, strawweights Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Tecia Torres (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have moved from the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the open the FS1 slot.

The card now continues with 11 bouts and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The new TUF 25 Finale lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor – “TUF 25” tournament final
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Nick Roehrick
  • Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Marcel Fortuna vs. Jordan Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Tom Gallicchio vs. James Krause
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Ed Herman
  • Juliana Lima vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Gray Maynard

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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