Jessica "Evil" Eye fought Miesha Tate. Eye did something she doesn't do very often, she lost the fight. All the judges scored the fight in favor of Tate, 30-27. In the first round it looked like Eye was going to dominate Tate with her speed.
Eye was landing jab after jab, and it looked like she hurt Tate. Then the UN-thinkable happened. Tate landed a blow right to the chin of Eye, and Jessica "Evil" Eye lost her legs and she was on the canvas.
It became a match of survival for Eye, for the rest of the first round. Somehow she managed to get through the remaining time, and she made it to round 2. Eye did her best to come out swinging, but it was clear she still wasn't right from the blow she suffered in round 1.
Eye tried to out-box Tate, and she continued to land blows to Tate's head. But it seemed like Eye didn't have to power she had at the beginning of the fight.
Tate is a high-ranked fighter in the UFC. Eye's fighting style should come into question, after this fight. Her team and management will have to review the film, and then they will see what I'm talking about.
Jessica Eye left herself open to the big right hand Tate caught her with in round one. Eye was letting her left hand drop, and she was leaving her chin wide open. Eye would go in and land some pretty darn good combinations to the head of Tate.
But when Eye backed off, she held her chin straight up,and that's when the fatal blow took place. If Eye would have gotten her chin out of the way, Tate might have never caught her with the powerful right than landed Eye on the canvas.
Then there's the fact that all Eye could do once on the floor of the cage was to tie Tate up. Somehow Eye's training didn't prepare her for an escape. Eye suffered some illegal blows while on the floor of the cage.
There was some punishment administered that Eye should have had to take, if her trainers better prepared her. Eye and her team should take a serious look at what happened in this fight against Miesha Tate. They need to go back to the drawing board and regroup.
Eye's trainers need to better prepare her to escape once caught on the floor. Eye did what she could to control Tate, but somehow I feel Jessica Eye should have been able to roll out of Tate's control.
Hopefully this fight teaches Eye's team a valuable lesson. They need to teach her how to keep her chin down, and how to escape once on the canvas. As good as a fighter as Eye is, you can't score points, if you can't land those punches.
I have no doubt, Jessica "Evil" Eye will be back and better than ever.
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