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Jessica Eye Explains Why She’s Not Paying Attention to Nicco Montano or the Flyweight Title Yet

Jessica Eye wants to become UFC flyweight champion.

There’s no doubt that Eye absolutely celebrated the UFC creating a 125-pound women’s division, which was where she shined the brightest in her career before spending several years competing as an undersized bantamweight.

Eye certainly earned a lot of respect while fighting at 135 pounds but she’ll be the first to admit that she didn’t belong in that division compared to her stature at flyweight.

The Cleveland native even admits that over time her arduous road at bantamweight began chipping away at her confidence and that’s like poison to a fighter.

That’s why Eye has been on a mission of self-discovery since moving back to 125 pounds, focusing only on what she can do to get better and not worrying much about outside factors that don’t really affect her right now.

“I just want to feel good about myself again,” Eye told MMAWeekly. “I’m sick of the way the ‘UFC 135-pound time of my life’ made me feel about myself. It really made me feel less about myself. So really this fight isn’t about the rankings. This fight isn’t about the money. This fight for me is about me just proving to myself that I’m as good that I feel that I am. I have the ability to do the things I’ve always wanted to do.

“The last fight was about securing my position. This fight is about me showing what I’ve learned.”

Eye did manage to get a win in her UFC flyweight debut and she’ll try to go 2-0 this Saturday when she faces Jessica-Rose Clark in a featured bout on the upcoming card in Singapore.

While both fighters are ranked in the top 10 at flyweight, Eye says that as much as she’s targeting a title run in the division, she’s not even thinking about that right now.

That’s why Eye doesn’t have much of an opinion on reigning flyweight champion Nicco Montano, who has been out of action due to injury and illness since winning the belt last December.

“I really haven’t paid much attention to her. I haven’t watched much of Nicco,” Eye added. “I did watch [The Ultimate Fighter]. I know she’s 4-2 and she’s got a world title. I know she’s been sick and been out a little bit. To be honest, the ultimate goal is gold. So any steps in between, they’re going to happen as they happen. I just haven’t been focusing on her. I’ve just been focusing on me. Whatever is going on with her, it’s probably really unfortunate but I’ve been so focused on me and what’s in front of me and that’s ‘Jessy Jess’. “

The next step is winning on Saturday against Clark and then Eye will think about any future opponents that the UFC will put in front of her as an obstacle to finally get her tile shot.

“Once I’ve climbed the ladder enough where she’s within my radar, I’m going to get there and it’s a matter of time. I’ll worry about each situation when I get there,” Eye said.

“I’ve been told to worry about ‘Jessy Jess’ and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Kayla Harrison Wins MMA Debut, Will Brooks Dominates (PFL 2 Results)

Kayla Harrison Twitter

Lightweights and light heavyweights were on display at Professional Fighters League 2 on Thursday with some familiar names and coming out on top and a two-time Olympic gold medalist making her professional MMA debut.

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks defeated Luiz Firmino in the fight card’s featured fight at the Chicago Theater.  Brooks used lateral movement to stay elusive on the outside while defending takedowns. 

Brooks used Firmino’s forward pressure against him and met him with stiff jabs on the way in.  When Firmino would get over aggressive, Brooks would put him on this back.  It was a veteran performance by Brooks but he needs points in his next outing to advance in the competition. 

Two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo Kayla Harrison made her long awaited MMA debut against seven-fight veteran Brittney Elkin and picked up her first win. 

Harrison pressed forward at the sound of the opening bell with her hands up and chin down.  Elkin backed up while throwing combination and soon found herself stuck in the clinch by Harrison.  Harrison tripped Elkin to the canvas and did what she knows how to do. 

Harrison quickly took Elkin’s back and looked to secure a rear-naked choke.  She transitioned to an armbar and it was just a matter of time.  She extended and delivered hammer fists to the stomach of Elkin before fully stretching out the arm.  Elkin quickly tapped out. 

Professional Fighters League posted the lightweight and light heavyweight point totals following the event via Twitter. Robert Watley leads the lightweight side with five points while there’s a two-way tie for the lead in the light heavyweight division. Vinny Magalhaes and Maxim Grishin each earned six points for their first-round finishes.

 

PFL 2 Official Results:

  • Will Brooks def. Luiz Firmino by unanimous decision (
  • Brian Foster def. Ramsey Nijem by knockout (knee and punches) at 0:23, Round 3
  • Kayla Harrison def. Brittney Elkin by submission (armbar) at 3:18,  Round 1
  • Efrain Escudero def. Jason High by submission (guillotine) at 0:35, Round 3
  • Sean O’Connell def. Ronny Markes by TKO (punches) at 0:41, Round 2
  • Brandon Halsey def. Smealinho Rama by TKO (cut) at 0:01, Round 3
  • Islam Mamedov def. Yuki Kawana by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Vinny Magalhaes def. Jamie Abdallah by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:37, Round 1
  • Rakim Cleveland def. Rashid Yusupov by TKO (leg injury) at 0:01, Round 3
  • Maxim Grishin def. Jason Butcher by TKO (knee injury) at 1:40. Round 1
  • Robert Watley def. Thiago Tavares by TKO (accidental low blow by Watley) at 0:35, Round 2
  • Natan Schulte def. Chris Wade by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
  • Dan Spohn def. Bazigit Ataev by TKO (punches) at 4:29, Round 3

‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Leon Edwards Official, All Fighters Make Weight at UFC in Singapore

All of the fighters competing at UFC Fight Night in Singapore have made weight after hitting the scales on Friday morning local time, Thursday night in the U.S.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone came in at 171 pounds for his main event showdown against outspoken British fighter Leon Edwards, who hit the scale at 170 pounds.

In the co-main event, Ovince Saint-Preux was at 206 pounds while his Australian opponent Tyson Pedro was at 205 pounds.

Flyweight contenders Jessica-Rose Clark and Jessica Eye both came in at 126 pounds for their main card showdown on Saturday.

Here are the full results for the weigh-ins at UFC Fight Night in Singapore:

MAIN CARD (8 a.m. ET on UFC FIGHT PASS)

MAIN EVENT: Donald Cerrone (171) vs Leon Edwards (170)

Ovince Saint Preux (206) vs Tyson Pedro (205)

Jessica-Rose Clark (126) vs Jessica Eye (126)

Li Jingliang (170) vs Daichi Abe (170.5)

PRELIMS (4:30 a.m. ET on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Teruto Ishihara (136) vs Petr Yan (136)

Felipe Arantes (136) vs Song Yadong (135)

Rolando Dy (146) vs Shane Young (146)

Song Kenan (170.5) vs Hector Aldana (169)

Shinsho Anzai (171) vs Jake Matthews (171)

Viviane Pereira (115.5) vs Yan Xiaonan (116)

Matt Schnell (126) vs Naoki Inoue (124)

Jenel Lausa (126) vs Ulka Sasaki (126)

Ji Yeon Kim (125.5) vs Melinda Fabian (124)

Kevin Lee Freaks Out, Takes 150-Foot Leap Ahead of UFC in Singapore (Video)

Kevin Lee - Bungee Jump in Singapore

Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee is in Singapore this week for UFC Fight Night 132, but he’s not on the card. He is fighting, he’s just not fighting in a cage, it appears Lee is in Southeast Asia to fight his fears. 

In a bit of a surprise, Lee was taken to a bungee jump in Singapore, where after much waffling, shaking, and screaming, he took a 150-foot leap off of a tower, attached only to a bouncy cable via a harness.

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While he appeared glad he had done it, it doesn’t sound like Lee jumped back in line to do it again.

Rakim Cleveland Expecting Power-Packed Fight Against Rashid Yusupov at PFL 2

While having the first half of the year off wasn’t entirely the idea of light-heavyweight Rakim Cleveland, he’s been able to use the time in an effective fashion.

In addition to signing with the Professional Fighters League, Cleveland relocated his family so he could begin working with a new team, and feels that move has been a great shot in the arm for his MMA career.

“I took the layoff because the PFL wanted us to kind of lay low and focus on the upcoming (season),” Cleveland told MMAWeekly.com. “But in between my last fight (in December) to now I moved down to Florida and started working with American Top Team. I’ve gotten to focus on getting better on all aspects of my game.”

Since joining ATT, Cleveland has been able to use all the different looks he’s getting in the gym to not only add to his existing game, but refine the things he’s already had.

“I like the atmosphere,” said Cleveland. “It’s a little different than in the Midwest. It’s nice having so many different styles and training partners to work with. You get to see it all in one building.

“Learning new things and adding tools to your tool belt will only make you a tougher person to defeat. I’ve been working with different style and coaches, and have been learning new techniques and different ways to do old techniques, so it’s been interesting.”

Cleveland (18-9-1) will face Rashid Yusupov (9-1) in a 205-pound main card bout in his PFL debut on Thursday in Chicago.

“It’s striker versus striker,” Cleveland said. “I think it will be a very intense and power packed competition between us two. As far as me getting the W, I just have to do me and my style. I have to impose my will. I have to give (Yusupov) something to think about every time he moves – and that’s what I’m going to do.”

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For Cleveland, the seasonal format of the PFL allows him to put aside all the outside the cage things and just focus on winning his fights.

“Earning your way into the playoffs and advancing fight by fight is pretty neat, and it takes the politics out of it,” said Cleveland. “You don’t have to be a trash talker or have a certain aura about you to get attention – it’s finally a way to go out and perform and show the world what your about without having to do all the talking outside the cage.

“I like to talk a little bit and have some fun with it, but at the same time, I feel like I do all my talking inside the cage. I like the process they’ve put together and it works pretty well for me.”

UFC Singapore: Cowboy Cerrone and Leon Edwards Open Workout Highlights

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UFC Singapore headliners Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Leon Edwards workout for the media prior to their showdown on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Wanderlei Silva Announces Fourth Rampage Jackson Bout Ahead of Bellator Press Conference

Rampage Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva UFC 92

It looks like Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson are going to run it back again, this time under the Bellator banner.

Silva and Rampage have fought three times in the past, twice under the Pride FC banner and once in the UFC’s Octagon. Silva knocked Rampage out both times they fought in Japan, but Rampage exacted a modicum of revenge by taking out Silva at UFC 92 in Las Vegas.

Rampage Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92According to Silva’s post on social media on Wednesday, he and Rampage will go for the trifecta of promotions and headline a Bellator fight card on Sept. 29, making them the first pair to fight each other for all three major promotions.

“Wanderlei Silva Return Bellator MMA, September 29 – Silva Vs. Jackson 4, Main Event,” Silva wrote on Instagram, which included a video of him speaking in Portuguese.

Bellator officials, however, have not confirmed the bout, but did send out a notice to members of the media on Wednesday, announcing a press event for June 26 in New York.

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In the notice, Bellator and parent company Viacom stated that a “landmark” distribution deal would be revealed in New York, but also promised to announce a “can’t-miss” event, noting that Wanderlei Silva and Rampage Jackson would be in attendance alongside Bellator president Scott Coker and Viacom CFO Wade Davis.

É com muita honra que anúncio meu retorno ao MMA, no dia 29 de Setembro na Califórnia, farei o Main Event do @bellatormma contra @rampage4real será o nosso 4º combate, estou muito feliz com meu retorno e sem duvida será um grande show para todos vocês!🇧🇷 Conto com a torcida e o apoio de todos amigos que sempre estiveram presente em toda minha carreira, VAMOS COM TUDO!! • • • Wanderlei Silva Return @bellatormma September 29 – Silva Vs. Jackson 4 Main Event • • • @bellatormma @fordcenterautomoveis @kings_mma @andredida @werdum @babalusirongym @felipewerdum @jean_faillace @diegogalleas @danielp3na @ricardotestai @shogunoficial @muriloninjaoficial @lyotomachidafw @josealdojunioroficial @minotauromma @michaelcostamma @serginhoalliance @lucasmineiromma @evolucaothaibr @evolucaothai @fabianoboxer @andrevenum @venum_br @drdalledone @arthur.kings @paulohorse @guilherme_guimma @bettegafer @thedoctorspider @henrique_fogaca74 @criscyborg @sergioboaz @canalcombate

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UFC Singapore: Cowboy vs. Edwards Press Conference Highlights

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Watch Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Leon Edwards at the UFC Singapore press conference before their main event fight on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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A win for Cerrone would set the record for the most wins in UFC history for “Cowboy,” but Edwards is determined to make his mark by taking out the veteran fighter.

PFL Second Regular Season Event Gets the Green Light after Fighters Weigh in

Kayla Harrison vs Brittney Elkin - PFL 2 weigh-in

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On Wednesday, 26 fighters slated to compete in PFL2, the second regular season event of the Professional Fighters League, stepped on the scales at the Chicago Theatre for an official weigh-in. All fighters were cleared to square off at PFL2, which will take place at the iconic Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

In addition to the light heavyweight and lightweight professional fighters fighting in PFL2’s regular season, Kayla Harrison, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Brittney Elkin weighed in at the iconic Chicago Theatre ahead of their match at PFL2. There is national excitement surrounding Harrison’s professional MMA debut with PFL. Fans are also on the lookout for former Bellator Lightweight World Champion and Illinois native Will Brooks’ PFL debut as he matches up against Brazilian Luiz Firmino.

“Based on what I saw today at the weigh-ins, I know that PFL2 is going to be just as phenomenal as our debut at Madison Square Garden,” said Carlos Silva, League President of PFL. “Our athletes have been training hard and are ready to face off and compete for our $10 million prize pool. Fans are in for incredible match-ups and Kayla’s debut should be electric.”

The 24 light heavyweight and lightweight PFL fighters are in the running to earn a place in PFL’s debut season “win-or-go home” playoffs and the December 31 championship event where $10 million will be awarded—the largest prize pool in MMA history. Each champion in PFL’s six weight classes will go home with the title and $1 million.

Kayla Harrison vs Brittney Elkin - PFL 2 weigh-in

On Wednesday, PFL announced the final card for PFL2:

  • Dan Spohn (16-5) 202.5 lbs. vs. Bazigit Ataev (17-1) 203.5 lbs.
  • Chris Wade (12-3) 156.0 lbs. vs. Natan Schulte (11-3) 155.0 lbs.
  • Thiago Tavares (21-7-1) 155.5 lbs. vs. Robert Watley (10-1) 155.0 lbs.
  • Maxim Grishin (26-7) 205.5 lbs. vs. Jason Butcher (11-2) 205.0 lbs.
  • Rashid Yusupov (9-1) 204.0 lbs. vs. Rakim Cleveland (18-9-1) 206.0 lbs.
  • Vinny Magalhaes (14-9) 205.0 lbs. vs. Jamie Abdallah (8-2) 205.0 lbs.
  • Islam Mamedov (14-1) 155.0 lbs. vs. Yuki Kawana (14-1-5) 155.5 lbs.
  • Smealinho Rama (10-3) 205.5 lbs. vs. Brandon Halsey (10-3) 205.5 lbs.
  • Ronny Markes (18-5) 206.0 lbs. vs. Sean O’Connell (17-9) 205.5 lbs.
  • Efrain Escudero (29-13) 162.0 lbs. vs. Jason High (21-6) 155.5 lbs.
  • Kayla Harrison (0-0) 155.0 lbs. vs. Brittney Elkin (3-4) 155.5 lbs.
  • Brian Foster (27-10) 154.5 lbs. vs. Ramsey Nijem (9-6) 156.0 lbs.
  • Luiz Firmino (20-8) 154.5 lbs. vs. Will Brooks (18-4) 156.0 lbs.

A More Matured Itzel Esquivel Steps in the Cage at LFA 43

Following her second straight loss at LFA 26 in November of last year to Nicolle Caliari, strawweight Itzel Esquivel made the conscious decision to take time away from fighting.

During her time off, Esquivel focused on her health and developing a stronger ground game to compliment her already solid stand-up skills.

“We kind of planned to take this time off,” Esquivel told MMAWeekly.com. “I had a couple injuries that I needed to let heal. Also school was pretty tough this whole year. So I was kind of focusing on that, but I was training the whole time.

“I joined the wrestling club at U of H and ended up wrestling for them during the folkstyle season and ended up placing third in that.”

In her last two fights it became apparent that Esquivel’s ground game was a big part of why she suffered the losses, and that it needed to be addressed.

“We were always working ground game and things like that because of how my last two fights have been going,” said Esquivel. “That’s what we knew we needed to work on and strengthen more than the striking which I’ve been doing for a while now.

“I’ve matured a lot overall. Compared to this time last year, I’m way better. I feel that I have been improving a lot more.”

Esquivel (2-2) will look to get back on track when she takes on Desiree Yanez (1-0) in an LFA 43 main card 115-pound bout on Friday in Beaumont, Texas.

“I think I match up very well against her,” Esquivel said of Yanez. “She’s very tough. I think she also very good in every aspect of the sport; both the ground game and her striking.

“I just think I need to work more of my striking and kind of out-strike her. I’ve got to use my angles a lot more. I think I’m a little faster than her, so I think that will play into me winning.”

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Now that she’s back to fighting, Esquivel is looking to move forward in a more calculated fashion and rebuild her career into something that can take her to the next level.

“Before we were in a rush to kind of go higher into the sport; the goal was the UFC, and that’s why we were trying to take fights quickly and get a good record going,” said Esquivel. “But since I’m 2-2 I’m trying to take fights more intelligently.

“I’d like to fight at least one more time this year, but if it doesn’t happen then I’m not worried about it. We kind of have to see how this fight goes, and based on the result of this, (we’ll know if I’m) going to end up fighting sooner or later.”