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Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17

Eye vs. VanZant

UFC: Saturday, October 7, 2017 (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PPV

Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Paige VanZant enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 43 percent of her fights by decision. VanZant has won five of her last seven fights and is coming off a December loss to Michelle Waterson. VanZant is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. VanZant is averaging 1.72 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.1 percent. VanZant looks for a bounce back performance after losing two of her last three fights, and she hopes to avoid back-to-back loses for the first time. VanZant is a balanced fighter for 23 years old, as she’s very aggressive in the clinch, is a polished grappler and has a strong ground and pound. There’s not much VanZant can’t do in the octagon, but you would like to see her improve her wrestling considering she’s been submitted in two of her last three fights. Either way, VanZant is one of the more intriguing young fighters on the UFC roster with a chance to shoot up the rankings. This will be VanZant’s third fight in Las Vegas.

Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17

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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 nine 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 is in desperate need of a victory considering her last win was in 2014 against Leslie Smith. The good news for Eye is that each of her last five losses have come by decision, so it’s not like she’s getting put to sleep out here. When in good form, Eye has some of the quickest hands in the sport that allow her to hold her own with anybody in terms of striking, and her last victory was a TKO doctor stoppage. Eye is also good in the clinch and can hold her own on the canvas if needed, but she’s far more effective with her standup. This will be Eye’s third fight in Las Vegas.

A desperate fighter a lot of times has the edge, and it also helps that Eye is far more experienced than the young VanZant. However, picking Eye in her current form against a rising star doesn’t seem like a bright idea. VanZant’s aggressiveness and constant grappling is sure to take Eye out of her comfort zone and even wear down Evil over time. We just haven’t seen enough from Eye over the years to give her a chance to beat somebody as aggressive and balanced as VanZant.

I give 12 Gauge the victory here.

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