Bellator 83 Tale of the Tape: Women’s Featured Bout Zoila Gurgel (-125) vs. Jessica Eye (-105)

Event: Bellator 83 Matchup: Zoila Gurgel (-125) vs. Jessica Eye (-105), Women’s Featured Bout Location: Atlantic City, NJ Time: 8 p.m. (ET) How to watch:, MTV2 TALE OF THE TAPE: THE FAVORITE Zoila GurgelName: Zoila Gurgel MMA Record: 12-1 Bellator Record: 6-0 Age: 28 Nationality: American Height: 5-5 Weight: 125 pounds Style: Muay Thai/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Camp: Team Jorge Gurgel Strengths: Well-rounded, experienced, Taekwondo black belt, well versed in submissions, wrestling Weaknesses: Hasn’t fought much in last few years Last 5 Fights: W – Casey Noland (UD), W – Karina Hallinan (UD), W – Megumi Fujii (SD), W – Jessica Aguilar (SD), Jessica Penne (UD) Notable Career Wins: Megumi Fujii (SD), Jessica Aguilar (SD), Jessica Penne (UD) Notable Career Losses: Miesha Tate (SUB) Notable Career Achievements: Bellator women’s champion Keys to Victory: Mix it up, control the centre of the Octagon, don’t leave it in the hands of the judges TALE OF THE TAPE: THE UNDERDOG Name: Jessica “Evil” Eye MMA Record: 8-1 Bellator Record: 2-0 Age: 26 Nationality: American Height: 5-6 Weight: 125 pounds Style: Judo/BJJ Camp: Strong Style Fight Team Strengths: Well-rounded, up-and-coming, good camp Weaknesses: Submission defense, untested at high levels of MMA Last 5 Fights: W – Angela Magana (UD), W – Anita Rodriguez (UD), W – Kelly Warren (UD), W – Jennifer Scott (UD), W – Casey Noland (SD) Notable Career Wins: Casey Noland (UD) Notable Career Losses: Aisling Daly (SUB) Notable Career Achievements: none Keys to Victory: Push the pace, be unpredictable, take chances FIGHT BREAKDOWN, PREDICTION, PICK & BET Bellator women’s champion Zoila Gurgel fights for the second time since making her comeback from a major knee injury when she takes on the rising Jessica Eye in a 125-pound featured bout. Gurgel is a well-rounded fighter who is on a seven-fight winning streak, including a win over the women’s G.O.A.T. Megumi Fujii. The wife of Strikeforce fighter Jorge Gurgel, she can fight in any aspect of the game and is one of the most consistently successful women’s fighters on the planet because of her well-rounded skill set. Eye made a name for herself in the NAAFS organization and has transitioned well into Bellator thus far. In many ways, she’s like a poor (wo)man’s Gurgel, as she’s a pretty well-rounded fighter herself. However, she hasn’t fought even close to the same level of competition that Gurgel has, which is something to keep in mind. But also remember that she’s been more active recently than Gurgel, so look for her to try and push the pace and test Gurgel’s cardio. Adam’s Prediction: Zoila Gurgel will do enough in the striking and grappling departments in order to outpoint Jessica Eye and take home yet another decision victory. Adam’s Pick: Zoila Gurgel (-125) via unanimous decision (click for latest MMA odds). Adam’s Play: I actually like Gurgel at this price and will make a small play on her.

Written by Adam Martin.

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