EXCLUSIVE | UFC 166’s Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye set for UFC debut Against Sarah Kaufman | Fist-A-Cuff-Radio

October 16, 2013 11:18 am by Brett Auten

Jessica “Evil” Eye is one of the rising stars in women’s MMA. Eye will make her UFC debut this weekend at UFC 166 where she will face Sarah Kaufman. Eye is currently riding a seven fight win streak and was a guest on Sunday’s Fist-A-Cuff radio show where she talked about a horrific accident that occurred in her teens, growing up in a small town, bumping up a weight class and much more.

Be sure to listen to the entire interview HERE

I was born in a small town

“I am a country girl at heart. I’m country gone city. I guess it’s your Beverly Hillbilly gone to the city. I feel like hard work and working hard will always get you where you are. I do have that sense to me… This past Friday I went back to my old high school for the first time in a long time and I went in and talked to all the football players and hung out with them and gave them a pregame speech. Even though they are from a small area, if you believe in yourself then it can happen. I like to believe that I’m that hope for everybody. I’m that little piece of sunshine that they can believe in their dreams. I think that’s important.”

A life changer

“I was 16 whenever I was hit by a drunk driver, me and my father both were. We were standing outside my car when it broke down. I had some severe injuries; I broke my back, as well as some minor injuries,; I broke my toe. My dad was actually pinned in between both vehicles. I do think it contested who I am and what helped me become the woman that I am. Do I think that it’s entirely my whole story? No. Had I not gone through such a terrible thing at such a young age and forced to believe in my abilities to work through things mentally and not physically. Because physically, my back was broken and I was bed ridden for about four months, so I really had to fight some mental demons within myself at such an influential time in my life. I do think that it has a lot to do with who I am today but I think it just helped, it’s not everything to do with who I am know. I feel like the childhood I was raised, the car accident, made me the strong person that I am now.”

Moving on

“Where my back was broken was basically in between my shoulder blades. I was young enough and healthy enough to get myself to heal fully. I don’t really have any issues in that sense. Obviously, I get little injuries from my training but because of that injury to my back I learned how to rehab and prehab, too. I believe in warming up, I believe in going to physical therapy, I believe in doing things and trusting your body and listening to it so that you don’t have to continuously go back and worry about it.”

Coming into your own

“With every fight of my career I was always considered the underdog. I was always the one with less fights. I was always the one who was less known or the other girl had beat reputable people. I’ve never really looked at it that. I’ve beat top level girls from the beginning. Casey Noland, Barb Honchak, some established names and some established women. What’s happening now is that people are starting to look at the names I’ve fought recently and using that to gauge.”

Bellator release leads to more options

“I was starting to get super nervous. I had only fought once that year. I was like, what’s going on? I was worried they weren’t going to fight me. We put the pressure on Bellator and they have a clause in their contracts that says they have to keep fighters active every six months. It was shortly after we poked the bear a little bit that they came back with the statement that they were going to release all of their females … When we finally got it official that we were going to the UFC my whole entire support team was excited. It was exciting to see how happy everyone else was around me for me. I was like, this is why I do this, to make the people around me smile.”

On this season’s TUF

“I think the show is awesome and it really helps shed a lot of light on women’s MMA. I think it is going to help people believe that these females are fighters. They have heart and they are ready to fight and to throw down. I think it gives people the sense that females don’t have to look a certain way, they aren’t a certain kind of way, if they want to fight, they fight.”

Weight change

Going to 115 would be like cutting off a leg. It could not and would not happen for me. People think that I have an easy cut down to ’25 but I never have. I’m currently walking around at 145 or 150 and I’m not like a slob. I felt like all of these years fighting at 125, I was fighting on fumes and fighting on heart. Now, going to 135, I feel like I’m fighting on heart and a full gas tank. I feel like I’m fighting on my natural ability. I’m tired of cutting 10 pounds of water weight a week before a fight. I’m excited to fight on a full stomach.”

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