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Jessica Eye taking year off before ‘one more chance’ in UFC

Jessica Eye enters the octagon before a women's bantamweight bout at UFC 203 on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

Jessica Eye is certain, despite what the judges declared at UFC 204, that she won her last fight.

A 1-5 record in her last six fights, “Evil” is fresh off of a narrow split decision loss against Bethe Correia in her home state in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I know I won that fight. I know I did,” Eye told FOX Sports. “I knew I had (rounds) one and two. Going into the third round, I knew I could keep moving around, put the pressure on and move and show them action, I’m still just as fresh as the first round.

“Unfortunately it just didn’t go that way. I need to grapple more. That’s something I need to do. I’m not just a striker. I go in there and I only use a tiny bit of what I’m able to do and it’s frustrating.”

Most fighters in Eye’s position likely would have received their walking papers, but she says the UFC is granting her one last opportunity to pick up a much-needed victory. Before that day comes, however, Eye says she’s planning on taking a year off from fighting.

“Time for me to not worry about a fight, not worry about a camp. Just go and help my teammates and just workout. If I want to eat clean for 10 days straight and eat bad for 10 days straight, I can do that. I just want to live for a little while to make sure I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing as a fighter,” Eye said. “I’m blessed that Sean Shelby and Dana White are giving me one more chance.

“I’m not going out there and getting destroyed by these girls. I’m losing split decisions. They are competitive fights. I realize now no one wants to see a competitive fight in this sport, they want to see a finish. So maybe that’s what I need to spend this year on — learning how to finish.”

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