Jessica Eye thanks supporters after brutal KO loss, says mistakes 'cost me dearly' at UFC 238
After taking one of the most vicious knockouts in UFC title fight history, Jessica Eye on Sunday told fans she’s OK.
Eye (14-7 MMA, 4-6 UFC) challenged women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (17-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) for the title in Saturday’s co-main event at UFC 238 at United Center in Chicago. She was a massive underdog in the fight, and after being dominated on the canvas in the first round, she fell victim to a Shevchenko head kick early in the second that left her out cold before she hit the mat.
Eye was down on the ground for several minutes before coming back to full consciousness. She left the arena floor on her own power, though she looked still wobbly when she left the cage.
Eye also said mistakes cost her the fight.
“To my true supporters : thank you so much for all you do for me,” Eye posted on Twitter. “I am ok and thank you for caring about me . I had a great camp and felt the best I have ever. I made some mistakes that cost me dearly. This fight game can be rough at times but it’s what I signed up for.”
Eye also extended her congratulations to Shevchenko, who defended her title for the first time since winning the inaugural belt against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 this past December.
“Congratulations @BulletValentina that was incredible head kick,” Eye wrote on Twitter. I am thankful for the chance to share the cage with you .”
Coming into the fight, Eye had won three straight since returning to the flyweight division from her longtime bantamweight home. She had a rough run as a UFC 135-pounder with five decision losses in six fights and frequently decried the promotion’s lack of a 125-pound division by saying that’s where she truly could thrive. Once the weight class was in place, Eye proved her theory correct with her winning streak and eventual title shot.
Shevchenko won for the third straight time and picked up her first non-doctor stoppage knockout win in five and a half years.