Cleveland’s Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye closing in on UFC title

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CLEVELAND —The Cleveland Cavaliers came real close to winning a world championship and now the city of Cleveland may only have to wait several more weeks before their next run at a crown as UFC fighter Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye closes in on a title.

Jessica “Evil” Eye has arrived.

“I feel like I’m in the NFL of all sports or the NBA,” said Eye.

Eye is getting set for her first fight in 9 months and is currently ranked fifth in the Ultimate Fighting Championship rankings.

“I’m number one and it’s just a matter of time before I become a champion,” said Eye.

She’s fighting Saturday night on UFC Fight Night on FOX 8.

“Our theory has always been the task at hand and if we do that everything else will fall into place,” said Eye’s coach Marcus Marinelli.

She’ll be taking on second-ranked Miesha Tate in Chicago.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Eye said.

If she wins, she’ll get a title fight and a chance to end Cleveland’s title drought.

“It’s like someone is holding gold in front of my face and saying hey if you really want it, you have to take it,” Eye said.

Eye has been on this championship quest for 10 years, just like her fellow UFC competitor, Stipe Miocic.

“She is the best in the division, she is an animal, she is a freak, she’s non-stop,” Miocic said.

Confidence goes a long way in this sports and Jessica certainly has that. In fact, she believes she’ll bring a title home to Cleveland before LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

“I most certainly will have it back before those guys because you know what I’ve been in this city, I’ve been representing us and everywhere I go I represent Cleveland,” Eye said.

Jessica’s trip to the top of the UFC world has taken her all over the country, her next stop Cosmopolitan, she’ll be the first fighter to grace the cover of the magazine.

“To be the kind of person that is an ambassador to the sport and is always looking out for the best interest of women and making them empowering,” Eye said.

Eye will enter the ring Saturday with even more C-Town love, Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Till I Die’ song was remade for Saturday’s fight and includes the words ‘J-Eye Till I Die’ in the lyrics.

“It’s so exciting, I feel again, it just shows my clout in the city and that people really believe in me in this city,” she said.

Her motto: “Eye Believe” likely will be heard loud and clear all the way from Chicago on Saturday night.