Paige VanZant is set to make her women’s flyweight debut.
The 23 year old will fight Jessica Eye in an 125-lb bout at UFC 216, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 7. Following an initial report by Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the match was added to the official event page.
This will be the first flyweight appearance in the Octagon for both competitors, and their first fights in 2017.
VanZant (7-3) is currently mired in a 1-2 slump that has seen a knockout win over Bec Rawlings sandwiched by submission losses to Michelle Waterson and Rose Namajunas. She will be moving up from the 115-lb weight class.
On the other side, Eye (12-5, 1 no contest) will be dropping down from the women’s bantamweight division to compete at 125 pounds, which she had done several times before joining the UFC in 2013. “Evil” Eye has a 1-5 record (excluding one no-contest) in six UFC appearances, with all of those losses coming by way of decision.
UFC 216 will be headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. See the updated card below:
- Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
- Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
- Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye
- Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
- Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
- Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
- Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
- Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho
- Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
- John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
- Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
- Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran
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