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Jessica Eye becomes cult hero after series of cold-hearted media attacks

Jessica Eye is set to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 171
Jessica Eye is set to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 171
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According to a Feb. 8 report from MMA Mania, hard-hitting Ohio native Jessica "Evil" Eye (10-1, 1 NC) has had plenty to deal with after it was revealed that she failed a drug test prior to her UFC 166 fight against Sarah Kaufman.

The first circus-like distraction, which was mysteriously announced less than a month prior to her UFC 170 fight against Alexis Davis, occurred with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation releasing the failed drug test story to Sherdog, before ever contacting Eye to discuss the issue.

Shortly after, Eye's hard-fought split decision victory over Kaufman was changed to a "no decision," stripping the standout bantamweight of her first and only win inside the UFC's world-famous Octagon.

As if that wasn't enough, Bloody Elbow reported that Eye's failed drug test was for marijuana use, and not blood-thinning medication as had been previously reported.

The prohibited substance that caused Eye to fail her drug test prior to UFC 166 was never revealed, so the recent stories about her were mostly based on rumors and speculation.

Eye, 27, tried to take the reports in stride, but she was tormented across several social media platforms, by fans and other media outlets who were looking for answers.

The abuse got so bad that Eye opted to delete her official Twitter page on the evening of Feb. 8.

Eye Believe

Eye may have felt the recent reports about her were attacks on her career, but the irony of the situation is that it has gotten a lot of casual fans on her side.

Whether the prohibited substance that caused Eye to fail her drug test prior to UFC 166 was marijuana or blood-thinner, it doesn't matter to most fans because neither are performance-enhancing in any way, shape or form.

The average UFC fan likely would have turned on Eye had it been revealed that she used a performance-enhancing drug prior to her fight against Kaufman, but most WMMA supporters aren't bothered by fighters failing drug tests for substances that do nothing to increase speed and power.

A week has passed since the initial Sherdog report came out about Eye's failed drug test, and the general consensus among fight fans is that she has been unfairly attacked in the media.

The fact that she has a fight coming up in just two weeks makes her even more of a sympathetic figure.

All across Twitter and Facebook, the signature "EyeBelieve" hash tag popped up in support of her from thousands of fight fans, proving that Eye has become a bit of a cult hero.

Her recent battles against the media was also satirized on the most recent episode of the Tommy Toe Hold show, one of the most popular comic features in the MMA realm.

On Feb. 22, in her UFC 171 fight against Alexis Davis, Eye will have the chance to make all the recent reports about her a distant memory by turning in a crisp performance against one of the toughest 135-pounders in the world.

The fighter who had been called "undersized for the bantamweight division," "undeserving of a title shot," and "overrated," can melt her critics' pens with a decisive win over the Canadian standout.

Beating Davis would likely put Eye in line for a title shot against the winner of Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann, so the much-maligned fighter has a great opportunity to put this all behind her on the night of Feb. 22.

"Eye Believe" she has the tools to get the job done, as do thousands of other UFC fans.