UFC Fight Night – Eye v Calvillo
June 9, 2020
First off let's look back at last week's action.
UFC 250 review
UFC 250 went off last Saturday night, taking place once again at the UFC Apex complex.
Without the presence of a superstar name, the event may have been more about what lies ahead for the UFC. Amanda Nunes successfully defended her Featherweight title, easily outpointing Felicia Spencer – but it was the performances of ex-champ Cody Garbrandt and a possible future champ, Sean O’Malley that stood out.
Garbrandt earned performance of the night honors – with a nasty one-punch KO of Raphael Assuncao to move back into title contention, after a string of recent defeats.
He will be looking for a top-ranked fighter for his next bout to reaffirm his comeback. Going into this fight as the clear ‘dog, the ex-champ seemed to take out his frustration of the last few years, viciously stopping the Brazillian grappler late in the 2nd. A real highlight reel KO.
On a night when ex-double champ, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor tweeted his retirement for the third time in as many years, it was a possible future champ that really stood out.
The talk over the weekend was about a McGregor v Anderson Silva match up, but that now appears to be highly unlikely. Instead – the focus is now on a newer name on the scene Sean O’Malley.
Sean O’Malley moved to 12-0 with another first-round stoppage in the Bantamweight division.
Like Garbrandt, O’Malley will now be looking to be matched up with a title contender. O’Malley has the skills to go all the way, and seems to be a fan favorite too.
Dana White will need to ensure he gets O’Malley to sign a new UFC contract – before throwing him in with a contender. 3 bonus wins on the spin should help O’Malley’s case.
Amanda Nunes controlled Felicia Spencer – before scoring a one-sided decision. She seems unbeatable at the moment – and it will be interesting to see what the UFC has in store for her over the next few months.
Marvin Vettori v Karl Roberson
The UFC Apex will again host the UFC action this weekend.
The smaller Octagon dimensions have to be considered once again before deciding picks.
This event was originally scheduled for the May 13th UFC card – but after coming in overweight, Roberson was removed from the card, and the fight rescheduled for June 13th.
The middleweight picture in the UFC is intriguing – Israel Adesanya, the current champ is in a league of his own – after steaming through the division last year. It will be interesting who he is next matched with, after an easy defense over Yoel Romero in March 2020.
Neither Vettori or Roberson are anywhere near contender status – but they are closely matched.
Vettori v Roberson Pick
Vettori is the favorite coming into this bout, and should be able to get the job done over his less experienced rival.
However, the bout does look like it could become technical. With 12 submission wins combined, it could prove to look into the prop market if you are keen on a play in this one.
Although this fight does not stand out as being one to really look out for, either man to win by way of submission looks like a value way to buy some interest in the bout.
Jessica Eye v Cynthia Castillo
Another women’s fight headlines the Fight Night scheduled for Saturday.
Jessica Eye (15-7), ranked number 1 in the Flyweight division, goes into this bout against Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1) as the very marginal betting favorite.
She will be looking for a title rematch against Valentina Shevchenko if she is able to defeat Calvillo this weekend. Shevchenko beat Eye for the title at UFC 238; a win Saturday will see Eye firmly back in title contention.
She has since won with a wide decision win over Viviane Ataujo, with Calvillo coming into this off the back of a majority draw against Marina Rodriquez.
Both fighters have caught the eye in previous bouts, and this could be an exciting match-up. Castillo is moving up from the strawweight division, where she is currently the 10th ranked fighter. That move up in weight should not see her exposed at Flyweight.
Having missed weight in her previous 2 bouts, Castillo will be at home in the 125lb division. She has notable wins over former title contenders in Jo Calderwood and Cortney Casey. Eye is a year senior to Calvillo – and age could finally catch up with her this weekend – she seems to be a vulnerable favorite.
Calvillo will give up height, reach, and most probably weight to Eye, but her style is one that looks set to cause her opponent serious problems. Eye has lost 5 decisions in the UFC. This shows that she is not a fighter that always impresses the judges. Calvillo has won 3 times by way of submission.
She is an all-action type of fighter that will always go for the takedown opportunity. If she lands a takedown she has the MMA skill set to look for the win by way of submission – and that is exactly what we believe will happen this Saturday.
Eye v Calvillo Pick
Our selection in this week’s main event is to back Cynthia Calvillo to take the win over Jessica Eye, by way of submission.
Eye may fall out of title contention if she does take the loss this weekend.