Even though The MMA Takeover announced the news weeks ago, the UFC officially announced Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye will be facing off in a flyweight bout at UFC 216.
The UFC is in the process of introducing the 125-pound female flyweight division through the new season of The Ultimate Fighter with Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje as coaches. The show’s winner will be the inaugural champion for the new division.
Paige VanZant will be moving up in weight to fight at 125 while Jessica Eye, considered to be undersized at 135, will move down in weight to a division she’s been wanting to be opened in the UFC for some time. Both fighters are coming off of losses but Eye is in desperate need of a win to stop her current skid at 4 fights.
The card will be held on October 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.