Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight contender Jessica Eye has found herself in the spotlight in the past few weeks, but it hasn't been for her skills inside the Octagon.
"Evil" was the center of controversy after it was discovered that she failed her UFC 166 post-fight drug test after defeating Sarah Kaufman on Oct. 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Eye has maintained her innocence throughout the ordeal, but continues to answer evasively when asked to identify the specific substance at the root of the controversy. She recently deactivated her Twitter account after a back-and-forth exchange with Brent Brookhouse of Bloody Elbow, the person responsible for the original report citing marijuana.
Appearing on The MMA Hour, Jessica decided to give her side of the story in an attempt to clear her name...sort of.
"I'm continuously trying to clear the air for you guys, but there are some things on my end that I don't end up saying for anybody to use against me, but there were some mistakes that I made on my behalf that I didn't give enough knowledge ahead of time. This is the first time I've ever fought in a different state besides Ohio and New Jersey, which are the two toughest States when it comes to commissions. It was just a mistake I made on my behalf and I am going to continue to push forward and just not let anything like this ever happen again or never leave any type of allegations to be put out there about me."
"It was just about putting things down that were suppose to be properly done. I didn't do that properly. This was my first UFC fight, there was a lot of things going on. That was the first time I ever fought in a different state. I fought in Atlantic City and Ohio and I thought I always did things properly and, you know what, it was a mistake on my behalf and I'm going to continue to fix it. I can't help what allegations people want to bring up, all I know is what I do on my end, and what I'm not doing, too. So, I'm just going to continue on."
When asked if marijuana use was at the center of the mess, Eye pleaded her innocence:
"I'm not doing anything to try and hurt anybody, but I'm also not doing anything to not hurt myself. But, I can let you know that I have passed any pre-fight testing that I should and, yet again, got results back for that and I've continued on to do the right things and I have obtained my Las Vegas license and I'm ready to fight in two weeks. So, there is nothing that I can do at this point other than not make mistakes again and continue moving forward."
Mike Chiapetta later tweeted that Eye has not, in fact, received her license to compete, but is expected to do so pending an upcoming drug test.
Eye's win over Kaufman was overturned to a no-decision and she was also issued a fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to go along with a probationary suspension. As a result, Jessica will still be able to compete on Feb. 22, 2014, as she prepares to take on Alexis Davis at UFC 170.
Nevertheless, Jessica says she will continue to keep her cards close to her chest and won't spill the beans as to what exactly was the information she failed to include on her pre-fight paperwork.
The saga continues.