Flyweight star Jessica “Evil” Eye returns to action on April 4th at Bellator 95 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Eye is expected to face standout boxer Munah “The Perfect Storm” Holland in a featured bout on the card. MMARising.com confirmed plans for the fight with a source close to the promotion today.
Eye ascended to the top spot in the women’s flyweight division in December when she choked out Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Gurgel at Bellator 83. She has won six straight fights. Holland looks to return to her winning ways after dropping a Unanimous Decision to Michelle “T-Cat” Ould at Bellator 74.
Eye (9-1-0) has become one of MMA’s fastest rising female stars over the past year and the 26-year-old Ohio native remains unbeaten inside the Bellator cage. After suffering the lone defeat of her pro career in a June 2011 NAAFS title bout, Eye rebounded with a key victory in her Bellator debut. She won all four of her fights in 2012, including big victories over veteran Angela Magana and Gurgel, whom Eye choked unconscious with a standing arm-triangle choke in just 58 seconds. Despite her rapid rise to the top, Eye has remained humble and maintains that she will not consider herself the true number one until she has a championship title around her waist.
Bellator has hinted at plans for a female flyweight tournament to crown its first women’s champion at 125 pounds, but a date for when the tournament might begin has not yet been announced. In the meantime, Eye’s popularity has only increased thanks to her dominant performances for Bellator and she will be representing the promotion at a Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball game this evening.
Holland (5-2-0) quietly made a name for herself in the New Jersey area after transitioning from the boxing ring to the MMA cage in 2010. The former Golden Gloves amateur boxing champ won three of her first four MMA fights to earn a spot on the Bellator 63 card against popular prospect Marianna “The Crushen Russian” Kheyfets. Holland dropped Kheyfets on numerous occasions and eventually finished the fight with a vicious right cross late in the second round. She totalled her biggest win to date in July when she knocked out Brazilian veteran Carina “Beauty But The Beast” Damm.
In September, Holland returned to Bellator to face Ould, but she was overwhelmed by her opponent’s takedowns and ground control and wound up on the wrong end of a one-sided Unanimous Decision. Despite the setback in September, Holland remains one of the division’s brighter prospects and she could take a huge step up the rankings if she is able to defeat Eye in April.
Bellator 95 takes place on April 4th at a venue to be determined in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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