Record-Courier staff report
Rootstown High School graduate Jessica Eye recently signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and will be making her debut with world's largest MMA outfit on Saturday.
Eye, who is known throughout the MMA world as Jessica "Evil" Eye, is a 2005 graduate of Rootstown.
She has posted an impressive 20-1 record in the sport and has quickly shot up through the ranks after proving herself time and time again at lower-level organizations, including the second-largest circuit in the world, Bellator.
On Saturday, at UFC 166, Eye will take on Sarah Kaufman (14-3) in the bantamweight division as one of the event's undercards. The event will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Tx., and Eye's fight is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. It will be televised by Fox Sports 1, which is channel 75 on Time Warner Cable.
Eye, who played soccer, basketball and track in high school, is currently ranked No. 9 in the world pound-for-pound for female MMA fighters.
Eye's home gym is Strong Style Martial Arts and Fitness Center, which is located in Independence.
"I am a proud 2005 Rootstown graduate. I played soccer, basketball and track. I was All-Portage County League in soccer and MVP in track, and I am now currently fighting mixed martial arts professionally," Eye told the Record-Courier last week.