According to a Feb. 10 report from MMA Fighting, hard-hitting UFC bantamweight contender Jessica "Evil" Eye jumped onto the Feb. 10 episode of Ariel Helwani's "The MMA Hour," to discuss the circumstances surrounding her post-UFC 166 failed drug test and her upcoming UFC 170 bout against Alexis Davis.
"There were some mistakes that I made on my behalf," Eye told Helwani. "I didn't give enough knowledge ahead of time, so obviously this was the first time I ever fought besides Ohio and New Jersey, which mind you are the two toughest states when it comes to commissions. So it was just something I made a mistake on my behalf. I'm going to continue to push forward and not like anything like this ever happen again or leave any allegations out there to be put out there about me."
Eye clarified that the "mistakes she made" were clerical, and not necessarily what substances she put in her body before her fight against Kaufman.
"No just about originally putting things down that were properly supposed to be done," Eye said when asked if the "mistakes" she mentioned had to do with what substances she took. "I didn't do that properly. Yet again this is my first UFC fight. There's a lot of things and I don't know if you remember what I just said to you. This is the first time I ever fought in a different state. I fought in Atlantic City and Ohio and I've always done things properly. It was a mistake on my behalf."
Eye, 27, saw her split decision victory over Sarah Kaufman changed to a "no decision," after it was announced by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that she failed a drug test for a prohibited substance following UFC 166.
The prohibited substance that caused Eye to fail her drug test prior to UFC 166 was never revealed, so the media had a field day with it.
There were wild rumors and speculation that the failed test was caused by marijuana use.
Other reports stated that Eye's failed drug test was the result of her use of blood-thinning medication stemming from a car accident she was in during her teenage years.
Whether the prohibited substance that caused Eye to fail her drug test prior to UFC 166 was marijuana or blood-thinner, it didn't matter to most UFC fans because neither were performance-enhancing.
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 didn't mind that she failed a drug test for a substance that did nothing to increase her speed and power.
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.