UFC star Jessica Eye has joined a global trend of professional athletes launching subscription websites for exclusive content.
Eye announced this week that she was joining OnlyFans, a website predominantly used for celebrities and athletes to share X-rated content with subscribers for a fee.
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"Hey everyone, I’m super excited about my new adult ONLY content page," she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her sitting in bed.
"Click the link in the BIO to join now."
The post received more than 5000 likes before Eye was forced to turn comments off because of some nasty backlash.
"People will have an opinion no matter what the truth is," she later wrote on Twitter.
Eye also shared a number of tweets from fans defending the right of professional athletes to use sites like OnlyFans.
"OnlyFans doesn't equal porn. It equals a way to monetise your content," wrote Twitter user Michael Mardones.
"Could be training footage, could be bikini photos. Everyone's content is different.
"These girls are going to make more money on OF (OnlyFans) than they will in the UFC... and they'll do both. Watch."
A number of high-profile athletes have launched exclusive websites in recent times, with many suffering a hit to their income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eye has one victory in four fights since being knocked out by Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 238 in 2019.
She is 15-9 overall in the UFC.
Athletes join growing trend in starting private websites
Earlier this month fellow UFC fighter Maryna Moroz launched her own private website for fans.
The flyweight fighter's new website offers subscribers the chance to receive exclusive photos and videos for $9.99 per month.
Former UFC fighters Paige VanZant and Cindy Dandois have done likewise.
Australians Renee Gracie and Ellie-Jean Coffey are two of the most high-profile athletes who have made similar switches to adult-related content.
Gracie competed in V8 Supercars while Coffey was a pro surfer before both making the move to the more lucrative career.
“I would definitely say (my favourite part of the industry is) the freedom to express myself sexually, that part of me has always existed,” Coffey told Barstool Sports last year.
“When I did post on my Instagram a lot, it angered a lot of people.
“Now I get to talk to these subscribers who I love and the best part about it is I get to be creative every single day.
“I wake up and think what do you want now, what can I express now, what kind of video or photo ... how can I make this work for both of us.
“It’s a unique thing, a unique platform - the creativity and intimacy between the subscriber and me.”
Gracie also shocked the motorsport world last year when she announced she was joining OnlyFans.
The 25-year-old shares X-Rated photos and videos with her fans, revealing she made over $500,000 in one month.
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