Leading up to the fight, at Friday afternoon’s ceremonial weigh-in, the anticipation of the fight boiled over as Eye shoved Correia after she stepped of the scale for the traditional face-off for photographers.
That animosity disappeared as the fight started, and both focused on the task at hand. Eye came into the fight having lost four of her last five fights, Correia on a two-fight losing streak. Neither could afford to let emotion get in the way of winning the fight.
Unfortunately, knowing that they were both on shaky ground with another loss, neither really let loose in the fight, seemingly afraid to take many risks.
Eye immediately took the center of the Octagon in the opening round, doing a good job of setting up her range and cutting off the cage from Correia. It proved to be a close round with several brief exchanges, but neither fighter did any significant damage.
Correia employed her jab more as round two started, frequently snapping Eye’s head back, but she couldn’t put the necessary follow-ups in play to take Eye out of the fight. In the latter half of the round, Eye got her jab going as well, but again, couldn’t do the damage necessary to establish dominance.
The final round was much of the same, several exchanges, but none of significance.
At the end of the fight, the judges awarded a split decision to Correia, much to the chagrin of Eye’s hometown Cleveland crowd.
It wasn’t the dominant performance that Correia needed to get back in the title hunt, but it does keep her off the chopping block, where Eye might find herself.
“The Pitbull is back. I’m back. I’m back to fight,” Correia said after the fight, all smiles and confident.
“The fight was mine. I absolutely believe I won. I knew I had the fight.”
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