Eye was one of a handful of female fighters recently released from Bellator, and UFC quickly scooped her up to compete in the stacked women's bantamweight division.
“Jessica Eye, Jessica Aguilar and Felice represent all that is good in women’s MMA. Both Eye and Aguilar are ranked No. 1 in the world in their respective divisions and carry themselves with class and distinction elevating the women’s game. I’ve said many times that fighters need to fight and fight often. Given our current focus, we are not in position to provide these very deserving women regular and reoccurring fights on a large platform," Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "And, I felt it was best to let them go and secure options that did. I genuinely wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and will be rooting for each of them wherever they fight.”
Eye is set to fight Kaufman on Oct. 19 at UFC 166.
The 27-year-old flyweight was announced as the newest addition to UFC's roster during a recent "UFC Tonight" episode on Fox Sports 2.
By joining the UFC, rather than staying at 125 pounds under Invicta FC's roster, Eye heads into UFC 166 as a significant underdog.
The undersized fighter is usually at a disadvantage, and Eye's case will be no different.
Kaufman, who was supposed to fight former Olympian Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 27, is a grizzled veteran who can strike with the best in the division, so she'll be heavily favored leading up to the fight.
In honor of Eye's addition to the UFC roster, here's a look at five WMMA underdogs most likely to pull off huge upsets this year.