Jessica Eye Out of UFC Fight Night 197; Cynthia Calvillo Steps in to Face Andrea Lee

By: Tristen Critchfield
Oct 19, 2021


A illness has forced Jessica Eye to pull out of a proposed flyweight clash against Andrea Lee at UFC Fight Night 197.

As a result, Cynthia Calvillo will step in to face Lee on Nov. 13. MMAjunkie.com was first to report the new booking. UFC Fight Night 197 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a featherweight tilt pitting Max Holloway against Yair Rodriguez.

Eye announced her withdrawal in a recent Instagram story.

“[This past Thursday], I thought I was dealing with an allergic reaction to fish eggs that I didn’t notice on my sushi [roll] until it was too late,” Eye wrote on Instagram. “Extremely allergic to eggs. Thursday night is when the fever started. So I followed protocol for when I am exposed to a food allergy. Thursday was rough but woke up on Friday feeling OK but [with] brain fog, which is usually [a] symptom after I have an allergy attack or exposure to foods I’m allergic to.

“Friday was a normal day and I was ready for this weekend’s event but felt like adrenaline was keeping me on my feet. However, Friday night the fever returned. At this point, I had a negative COVID [test] so I brushed it off. I was like f—k fish eggs.”

As the symptoms continued to persist, Eye was admitted to a hospital over the weekend, at which point she elected to focus on her health rather than push foward with the fight against Lee.

“Saturday morning, I had my morning shake out and felt normal, so to speak,” Eye explained. “Took another allergy pill just in case, took a nap, got up and went to the competition. I felt great warming up but definitely shaky and off but me being me, I brushed it off. Then Saturday night, [that’s] the worst I have ever felt in my life. Body aches, fever, sweat more than I ever did even in a weight cut. That’s when I feel like I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

“Sunday I was admitted into the hospital with severe pain so bad, I could barely stand or not cry. They are still running tests and it looks like we have a clear diagnosis that I will share soon but I will be spending a few days in the hospital.

“My team and I have decided to pop in this fight and focus on my health,” Eye said. “There has been struggling for a year and it’s my top priority. I already lost my gallbladder. I don’t plan to lose anymore.”

Calvillo made a successful flyweight debut with a five-round verdict over Eye at UFC on ESPN 10 in June 2020 but has since dropped back-to-back fights against Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian.

Lee, meanwhile, halted a three-bout skid with a second-round submission victory against Antonina Shevchenko at UFC 262.

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