Jessica Eye on Saturday will square off with Cynthia Calvillo in the UFC on ESPN 10 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, where the promotion set up shop in response to the COVID-19 pandemic while finalizing its plans for Fight Island. Meanwhile, Karl Roberson takes on Marvin Vettori in the three-round co-headliner at a 190-pound catchweight.
Eye has rattled off four wins in five appearances, a brutal knockout loss to reigning flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko the lone outlier. The 33-year-old former Ring of Combat titleholder last appeared at UFC 245, where she was awarded a unanimous decision over Viviane Araujo. However, Eye’s victory was overshadowed by the fact that she missed weight by five pounds.
Calvillo, 32, trains out of the star-studded American Kickboxing Academy but spent previous training camps at Team Alpha Male and Tiger Muay Thai. The once-beaten Californian last competed at UFC on ESPN 7 in December, when she fought to a majority draw with Marina Rodriguez and missed weight by more than four pounds, necessitating a move to the flyweight division. Calvillo has delivered five of her eight career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
UFC on ESPN 10 “Eye vs. Calvillo”—which airs live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT—also features a featherweight scrap pairing Andre Fili with Charles Jourdain, a 140-pound catchweight tilt pitting Merab Dvalishvili against Gustavo Lopez and a bantamweight affair matching Jordan Espinosa with Hannah Cifers. ESPN will also provide coverage of the entire five-fight undercard, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
A closer look at the UFC on ESPN 10 “Eye vs. Calvillo” particulars:
THE LINEUP125: Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo
185: Marvin Vettori vs. Karl Roberson
135: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Gustavo Lopez
145: Andre Fili vs. Charles Jourdain
135: Jordan Espinosa vs. Mark De La Rosa
125: Mariya Agapova vs. Hannah Cifers
155: Charles Rosa vs. Kevin Aguilar
135: Julia Avila vs. Gina Mazany
135: Tyson Nam vs. Zarrukh Adashev
170: Christian Aguilera vs. Anthony Ivy
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