Eye wins by split decision

Welcome a new contender to the UFC women’s bantamweight division

after newcomer Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye pulled off a major upset

defeating former Strikeforce women’s champion Sarah Kaufman at UFC

166 on Saturday night.

A top prospect from Ohio who fought most of her career at 125

pounds, Eye came into the Octagon with a fearless spirit facing

Kaufman, who holds wins over notable names such as Miesha Tate,

Alexis Davis and Liz Carmouche.

Eye showed off impressive striking and quick movement to avoid

Kaufman’s power punches throughout the first two rounds. Eye

cracked off a few nasty shots inside the clinch including an elbow

that thudded off of Kaufman’s jaw.

As the second round wore on, Kaufman developed a big mouse under

her left eye that obstructed her vision but never seemed to play a

major factor in the fight.

Through two ultra close rounds, Kaufman came out gunning for Eye

in the third and caught her with a big shot that rattled the

newcomer, ending with a mouse on her cheek as well. Despite the

flurry, Kaufman couldn’t get Eye to go down and she persevered

until the final bell.

The scorecards were all 29-28 with two judges giving Eye the nod

for the split decision victory. Eye moves to 11-1 overall with her

eighth win in a row while becoming only the third fighter to defeat

Kaufman. The other two were current UFC bantamweight women’s

champion Ronda Rousey and former Strikeforce champion Marloes