Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/7/17
Ladd vs. Eye
UFC: Friday, July 7, 2017 (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Jessica Eye and Aspen Ladd fight Friday during The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at the T-Mobile Arena.
Jessica Eye enters this fight with a 11-6 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. Eye has lost her last four fights and is coming off a September loss to Bethe Correia. Eye is averaging 3.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.7 percent. Eye is averaging 0.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Eye needs a victory here considering she hasn't won since her 2014 bout with Leslie Smith. The good news for Eye is that five of her six losses have come by decision, so it's not like she's getting beat up out here. Eye is a tough nosed fighter with terrific striking ability and hand speed. Even with Eye and her struggles, you can't count her out due to her toughness and willingness to get after it in the octagon. This will be Eye’s third fight in Las Vegas.
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Aspen Ladd enters this fight with a 5-0 record and has won 60 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Ladd’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a January win over Sijara Eubanks. Ladd will make her UFC debut after dominating the Invicta Fighting Championships that includes three knockouts and one submission. Ladd is still developing as a striker at 22 years old, but she's aggressive with her takedowns and is very tough to get off once she gets her opponent on the canvas. Ladd is a smart fighter who positions herself well and is a great athlete who can find an advantage quickly on the canvas. The only concern is Ladd’s lack of competition, as four of her five opponents have losing or .500 records. This will be Ladd’s second fight in Las Vegas.
There may not be a fighter who needs a victory more than Eye, as losing her fifth straight fight would be a bad look, especially against a young 22-year-old making her first big fight debut. And even with the desperation, I’m siding with Ladd to get the victory. Eye simply hasn't looked good in her last few fights and has a history of struggling when her opponent is aggressive with takedowns. Ladd can't strike with Eye at this point in her career, but she will have the advantage in the clinch and on the canvas. As long as Ladd can pressure Eye and take away her striking, she should love her chances.
I like Ladd to remain undefeated.