Longtime UFC flyweight contender Jessica Eye, currently ranked No. 8 at 125 pounds, has been forced to withdraw from her Andrea Lee fight at the upcoming UFC Vegas 42 “Holloway vs. Rodriguez” event on Nov. 13 at APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Sunday I was admitted to the hospital with severe pain so bad, I could barely stand or not cry,” Eye wrote in her Instagram stories. “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. My team and I have decided to pop in this fight and focus on my health. 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.”
Cynthia Calvillo will step in to fight Lee on short notice, according to MMA Junkie.
Eye, 35, tested negative for COVID-19 and believes an allergic reaction to fish eggs may be the culprit. “Evil” battled a fever on and off since last Thursday night and reached a point where her body started shutting down, leading to her recent hospitalization.
“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, 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. Please send me all the good vibes. I hope to update you guys soon as I am out of the hospital and fully back to Jess mode.”
Eye (15-10, 1 NC) is coming off a decision loss to Jennifer Maia at UFC 264.