Jennifer Maia still has an eye on UFC women’s flyweight gold after win at UFC 264.
Jennifer Maia says she wasn’t surprised by the toughness of Jessica Eye, after her decision victory over Eye at UFC 264.
“I know her very well, I knew she would keep coming,” Maia said.
The story of the fight was a cut on Eye’s forehead that was caused by a clash of heads between the two fighters late in the second round. When asked, Maia said she wasn’t surprised about how aggressive Eye continued to be, even after suffering the gruesome cut.
“I knew the cut wouldn’t bother her,” Maia said.
Eye’s corner managed to stop the bleeding temporarily in-between rounds. When asked if she felt the fight could be stopped, Maia said it would have been a mistake.
“I thought maybe the fight would be over, but it’s a doctor’s decision,” Maia said. “It’s a good decision, cause she could fight very well in the third round, and the cut was bleeding just at the end of the round.”
Jennifer Maia wants another shot at Valentina Shevchenko
With the win at UFC 264, Maia improves to 4-3 in the UFC and has won eight of her last 13 professional fights, dating back to her Invicta FC debut in 2013.
The win will potentially propel her up the women’s flyweight rankings. When asked, Maia said she would be ready and willing to fight whenever needed.
“I didn’t hurt myself at all,” she said. “Whenever the UFC wants, I’m going to be able to fight. I have no names in mind, but I want to fight someone at the top of the ranks.”
When asked if Maia has improved since her UFC title fight with Valentina Shevchenko, Maia said with certainty “100 percent.”
“After the Valentina fight, I was a new athlete. I knew. I was more confident and I knew where I could go after this fight.” Maia said.
UFC 264 took place on July 10, 2021, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided who was cageside for all your live news and highlights.