Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Jessica Eye's fight life is a roller coaster.

"Evil" entered the UFC with a 10-1 record. She then went 1-5 with 1 NC in the big show, before returning to flyweight and winning three in a row, all by decision, two of them split. That earned her a title shot at women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 238 on June 8, 2019, but she lost via head kick KO at 0:26 of Round 2. Eye bounced back with a decision win over Viviane Araujo at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019; bad news was Eye missed the non-title flyweight limit by five pounds. In her next fight Eye lost a decision to Cynthia Calvillo in the main event of UFC on ESPN 10 on June 13; this fight Eye missed weight by 1.25 pounds.

Now Eye has posted a message on her social network asking for help.

Eye discussed making weight for the title fight vs. "Bullet."

“The morning of weigh-ins was Day 0 for my gut health as well as my overall health,” she wrote. “It first began with sharp pains in my right side, lightheaded that would cause black spots in my vision, painful spontaneous bathroom visits even with/without consumption of food, brain fog, and other unpleasant side issues that showed its ugly face to me.

“At the time I just chalked it up to so many things: moving to Vegas, leaving Strong and the stress that it left with me. Reinjuring my back. New training system and skill set that was overwhelming me. I just assumed it was part of the new changes that were occurring in my life and eventually my body would adjust. It never happened.”

Eye said her weight between fights reached 150, 10 pounds above the usual process. She attributed it to some unknown problem with her diet or training, not to a medical issue. Then she missed weight for the first time in her UFC career, and it was by a lot.

“Again, fight week [for Araujo] was harder than it ever should be,” wrote Eye. “So then it happened, my worst fear in this industry. I missed weight, devastated, mortified, repulsed by myself and to others [it] just looked like I didn’t care [about] my opponent or my career. To say the least, if you actually know me that couldn’t be far0ther) from the truth of who I am to the core let alone what I consider acceptable as well.

“Post-fight I would face many challenges within my team. The opinions of what I need to do moving forward would drive me away and push me deeper into this sad and lonely place. I just felt like I was dealing with something different than everyone else and no one understood.”

After defeating Araujo, the COVID-19 pandemic struck the USA with force, hampering training, and adding to the Eye's issues. She agreed to fight Calvillo on two weeks' notice, and had to drop 20 pounds. She dropped 18.75, and then lost.

“I idiotically said yes as well as my team,” explained Eye. “However, I was not as honest with my health and my team about it. Again, I chalked it up to so many other things and with my larger-than-life personality I thought [let’s fu***ing go] girl you can do this! Turn it all around and do epic stuff.

“Well, I did epic stuff that’s for sure. I missed weight and lost a fight I should have won. My lackluster performance was how I knew finally I was dealing with something bigger than missing weight, chronic stomach pains, and brain fog. The fight was on June 23 and no later than July 5 I would find myself in the hospital and no longer being able to handle the pain anymore. I then would start this healthy journey that still seemingly doesn’t have an end yet.”

On August 12, Eye had her gallbladder removed, and got a staph infection from laparoscopic surgical incision.

“It is now Sept. 1 and I am in need of help,” pleaded Eye. “I am not sure where to turn right now with what to do next. I feel the doctors took out my organ and just said, ‘Figure it out.’ I am struggling deeply to eat, feel good, and get back to any type of physical activity. I don’t know what to do anymore and I feel I am inadequate to get myself through this and be able to return to normal life and the octagon!

“If anyone can point me in directions to get help, I am begging. I just don’t know what to do now and I don’t want to just give up.”

h/t MMA Fighting