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Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye official for UFC 216

Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant
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Paige VanZant is set to make her women’s flyweight debut.

The 23 year old will fight Jessica Eye in an 125-lb bout at UFC 216, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 7. Following an initial report by Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the match was added to the official event page.

This will be the first flyweight appearance in the Octagon for both competitors, and their first fights in 2017.

VanZant (7-3) is currently mired in a 1-2 slump that has seen a knockout win over Bec Rawlings sandwiched by submission losses to Michelle Waterson and Rose Namajunas. She will be moving up from the 115-lb weight class.

On the other side, Eye (12-5, 1 no contest) will be dropping down from the women’s bantamweight division to compete at 125 pounds, which she had done several times before joining the UFC in 2013. “Evil” Eye has a 1-5 record (excluding one no-contest) in six UFC appearances, with all of those losses coming by way of decision.

UFC 216 will be headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. See the updated card below:

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