A stylistic contrast serves as the backdrop of the main event between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo. Their flyweight bout tops the showcase at the Apex facility in Las Vegas, with the main UFC fight card set for 9 p.m. ET. The top-ranked Eye is known for her athleticism, boxing skill and resilience. She faces a challenge against Calvillo, who is making her flyweight debut after spending time at strawweight.
Calvillo is a grappling specialist who also has a background in wrestling and Muay Thai. Calvillo is listed as a -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100) in the latest Eye vs. Calvillo odds from William Hill, while Eye is a +115 underdog. In the co-main event, Marvin Vettori (-200) meets Karl Roberson (+175) in a battle of middleweight prospects. Before making any UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo picks, make to see the UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA expert Brandon Wise.
Across UFC 247, UFC 248, UFC 249 and UFC 250, Wise went 14-6 with his main-card UFC picks, notching winning records on every card and returning healthy profits for anyone following them. He accurately predicted a dominant five-round decision victory for Amanda Nunes (-600) against Felicia Spencer (+475) in the main event of UFC 250 last weekend.
He also called Gilbert Burns' (+155) upset against Tyron Woodley (-175) in the main event of UFC Fight Night two weeks ago. Anyone who has consistently followed Wise is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo fast approaching, Wise carefully has studied every matchup on the main card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for each fight. He's only sharing those UFC picks here.
Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo preview
Eye's rise to the top of the UFC rankings is a testament to resilience and overcoming adversity. She made her UFC debut in October 2013 with a professional record of 10-1 following success stints in promotions such as Bellator and the North American Allied Fight Series.
She defeated Sarah Kaufmann by decision at UFC 166, only to have the result overturned to a no-contest because of a positive drug test. She then went on to lose five of her next six bouts while facing MMA luminaries like Miesha Tate and Sara McMann.
With her UFC career in jeopardy, Eye (15-7-1) went 3-0 in 2018, and her win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 231 put her in line for the title shot against Shevchenko. The 33-year-old Ohio native now needs a win against Calvillo in order to stay at the top of the rankings.
But Calvillo (8-1-1) has ambitions of her own. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist has gone 5-1-1 in the UFC since her March 2017 debut, a decision win over Amanda Cooper. But her well-documented struggles to make weight at strawweight (115 pounds) has forced three of her bouts to become catchweight affairs and limited her ability to climb the rankings.
Even so, the 32-year-old California native hasn't lost since December 2017 and is looking to build off a standout showing in a draw against Marina Rodriguez in December. You can see Wise's full Eye vs. Calvillo picks here.
Top UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo predictions
We'll share one of Wise's UFC Fight Night main-card predictions here: He is backing Karl Roberson (+175) to upset Marvin Vettori (-200) in a clash of middleweight prospects.
The fighters have animosity brewing because previous scheduled matchups against each other have fallen through for various reasons. A few weeks ago in Jacksonville, their bout was called off because Roberson missed weight and had to be hospitalized. A furious Vettori then tried to pick a fight with Roberson in their hotel lobby. "These two rising prospects hate each other. And I mean hate," Wise told SportsLine.
When they finally meet in the cage, Wise believes Roberson has the more polished skill set and is taking the underdog to get a stoppage victory. "Roberson is the better overall fighter and, in the smaller cage inviting more action, he should be able to finish Vettori," Wise said.
How to make Eye vs. Calvillo picks
Wise also has strong picks for Eye vs. Calvillo and every other bout on the main card. He's also backing a fighter who "wins scorecards with cage control." Get every pick for every fight on the UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo main card at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo odds (via William Hill)
Jessica Eye (+115) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (-135)
Marvin Vettori (-220) vs. Karl Roberson (+180)
Merab Dvalishvili (-450) vs. Ray Borg (+350)
Andre Fili (-220) vs. Charles Jourdain (+180)
Jordan Espinosa (-165) vs. Mark de La Rosa (+140)