UFC working toward Andrade-Eye fight

There have been several big UFC fight announcements in the last few hours. Including the former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade moving back up to flyweight to fight the former 125lbs title challenger, Jessica Eye.

According to ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, Jessica vs Jessica is in the works for the UFC’s October 17th card. Andrade is coming off back-to-back losses at strawweight, losing the title to Zhang Weili and then more recently, losing a razor close split decision to Rose Namajunas at UFC 251.

Since losing to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 238 fighting for the flyweight title, Eye has missed weight in both her last two fights. The first of which she won versus Viviane Araújo at UFC 245, before losing the second to Cynthia Calvillo last month at UFC Vegas 2.

The promotion has not announced the flyweight contest but is close to finalizing it, sources said.

The UFC Fight Night event will take place at a location to be determined.

Andrade (20-8) won the UFC's 115-pound strawweight title in May 2019, but she has gone 0-2 since.

Fighting out of Parana, Brazil, Andrade has competed at 125 pounds previously in her career, but never in the UFC. She fought in the 135-pound bantamweight division upon signing with the UFC in 2013, and then dropped two weight classes to compete at strawweight in 2016.

Eye (15-8) fought for the flyweight championship in June 2019. She lost to dominant champ Valentina Shevchenko via knockout in the second round. Since then, Eye, who trains out of Las Vegas, has picked up a decision win against Viviane Araujo and a decision loss to Cynthia Calvillo in June.

Andrade will become only the second woman in UFC history to compete in three different weight classes. The first was former strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau.