The news is out, and despite the ominous sound of it initially, the fact that Jessica Eye has been released from Bellator is fantastic news, indeed. The possibilities of her signing with Invicta, or even the UFC are strong ones, and that holds my interest firmly, as the potential match-ups for either organization are great ones. Her absolute destruction of Zoila Gurgel is still one of my favorite WMMA fights ever, and to see this wrecking machine of a girl on a better platform, has me positively giddy.
I spoke with Jessica a few minutes ago to get her thoughts on the release, where she might be headed, and what weight division would suit her best. Here's what the Evil one had to say:
First and foremost, I want to make sure that Bellator gets no disrespect from others for releasing me or the other girls. They did exactly what they said they were going to do at the time, and our relationship was good. They treated me like a princess while I was there, and I have nothing but great things to say about them.
I think that Bellator kind of got thrown into a bad situation. A lot of the girls got signed by Invicta, so how could they compete with that? They didn't want to hold me up. Even after my fight with Zoila, they sent me out for appearances and treated me very well. It's just that a lot of those girls got picked up, and there wasn't much to be done.
This isn't adversity for me, by any means. This is a chance for me to move on to different opportunities with one of the other organizations out there. I'm obviously looking very hard at some of the larger organizations out there; World Series of Fighting, the UFC and Invicta. All my fans and everyone else just need to stay tuned, because I've never let them down as far as my career goes, so I'm sure they'll be very pleased with my final decision.
I am a free agent and I am just taking in the offers, just seeing where they're gonna go. Now I know what an NFL football player feels like. This is awesome though. I remember when I first signed, when I first got into MMA back in 2007, there wasn't even an organization out there that even had more than one or two females. To have an option is amazing, and I really do believe that my home, wherever I sign next, that's where you'll find me a champion.Before year ending, I will be signed and will have one fight. Let's stick with that as a time frame for right now.
Well, my early on years, like when I first got into MMA, I was about 145 pounds. I've consistently walked at that weight but changed my build, so it allows me to know that I have that luxury of being able to change to different weight classes, if I really wanted to. I don't know what other girls cut in MMA. I know that I cut a decent amount of weight to get down to 25. I've changed up a lot of things, and 25 gets harder to hit every time, but I still manage to get there.
Really, my options are open. I can fight at 25 or at 35. There have been times when I was supposed to fight at 25 and ended up fighting at catchweight because my opponent, Carina Damm, came in at 133, so it's not like I couldn't handle a 35 pound fighter. I really believe that the athlete determines the outcome of the fight, not the weight.
Every female has their own style in women's MMA. My style is unique, too. I'm the kind of girl that can put a dress on do my hair pretty, or I can put my Chucks on and go fight. I like to think of myself as a cross of Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano, and I'm excited to see what levels we can promote on.
I can be a great fighter, but I also want to be a better person. If young people are looking at me and saying, 'I want to be like her', then I need to make sure that I stay sharp.
You can follow Jessica via her Twitter account @JessicaEvilEye