Jessica Eye will likely have to wait until a later date for her next fight after revealing that she was admitted to the hospital this past weekend after falling ill.
The former flyweight title contender is scheduled to face Andrea Lee at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas on Nov. 13.
“[This past Thursday], I thought I was dealing with an allergic reaction to fish eggs that I didn’t notice on my sushi role until it was too late,” Eye wrote on Instagram. “Extremely allergic to eggs. Thursday night is when the fever started. So I followed protocol for when I am exposed to a food allergy. Thursday was rough but woke up on Friday feeling OK but [with] brain fog, which is usually [a] symptom after I have an allergy attack or exposure to foods I’m allergic to.
“Friday was a normal day and I was ready for this weekend’s event but felt like adrenaline was keeping me on my feet. However, Friday night the fever returned. At this point, I had a negative COVID [test] so I brushed it off. I was like f*ck fish eggs.”
Eye was scheduled to compete at a grappling competition on Saturday, but that’s when her symptoms worsened and she was forced to seek help.
That eventually led to her being admitted to the hospital for additional testing, which has now resulted in Eye expecting to stay there for the next few days while doctors monitor her situation.
“Saturday morning, I had my morning shake out and felt normal, so to speak,” Eye explained. “Took another allergy pill just in case, took a nap, got up and went to the competition. I felt great warming up but definitely shaky and off but me being me, I brushed it off. Then Saturday night, [that’s] the worst I have ever felt in my life. Body aches, fever, sweat more than I ever did even in a weight cut. That’s when I feel like I couldn’t ignore it anymore.
“Sunday I was admitted into the hospital with severe pain so bad, I could barely stand or not cry. They are still running tests and it looks like we have a clear diagnosis that I will share soon but I will be spending a few days in the hospital.”
As she awaits words from her doctor about her diagnosis and the treatment needed to recover, Eye said that she’s going to focus on her health for now, which obviously means she likely won’t be able to compete as quickly as the event on Nov. 13.
“My team and I have decided to pop in this fight and focus on my health,” Eye said. “There has been struggling for a year and it’s my top priority. I already lost my gallbladder. I don’t plan to lose anymore.”
As of yet, the UFC hasn’t made any official announcements regarding Eye’s fight or plans for Lee on the upcoming Nov. 13 card.
For now, Eye is just trying to stay positive as she deals with this latest health issue that has kept her from competing.
“Please send me all the good vibes,” Eye wrote. “I hope to update you guys [as] soon as I am out of the hospital and fully back to Jess mode.”