Cynthia Calvillo
Fight moved to February
strawweightUFC
December 12, 2018
Calvillo's bout versus Cortney Casey was moved from Jan. 26 to Feb. 17 in Phoenix, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The Jan. 26 card in Anaheim, California was canceled since the promotion was unable to find a suitable main event. Over the next couple weeks, all of the scheduled bouts from that card are expected to be moved to other locations and dates within the first three months of the 2018 calendar year.
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Booked against Cortney Casey
strawweightUFC
November 28, 2018
Calvillo will fight Cortney Casey in a strawweight bout at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in California, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Just 11 days removed from her first-round submission victory over Poliana Botelho at UFC Fight Night 140, Calvillo has already booked her next bout. The 31-year-old, who is 7-1 as a professional fighter, will face an opponent in Casey who has battled to three consecutive split decisions -- the last of which was a victory over Angela Hill at UFC Lincoln in August.
Gets submission win Saturday
strawweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Calvillo defeated Poliana Botelho via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
There was a lot of talk about Calvillo's botched weight cut leading up to this fight but the 31-year-old showed no ill effects in the cage, landing the harder shots on the feet before getting her opponent's back to close the show. It's clear that Calvillo's striking is coming along but she recently dropped a decision to Carla Esparza due to relying on it too heavily, so it was nice to see her get back to her main strength here. She improves to 7-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Misses weight for UFC Argentina
strawweightUFC
November 16, 2018
Calvillo weighed in at 118 pounds -- two pounds over the strawweight limit -- for her UFC Argentina matchup against Poliana Botelho, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Calvillo looked just brutal on the scales, as detailed by a video posted by MMAFighting.com, leaving many to question whether she should be allowed to compete Saturday night. According to the report, however, the fight is expected to move forward as planned, with 20 percent of Calvillo's fight purse set to be forfeited to Botelho. As of early Friday morning, Calvillo is approximately a (+130) betting underdog for the fight.
Draws Poliana Botelho on Argentina card
strawweightUFC
September 11, 2018
Calvillo (suspension) will return to face Poliana Botelho in a strawweight matchup at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17.
ANALYSIS
Calvillo remains suspended through Sept. 30 due to a positive test for marijuana (which remains on the USADA banned substance list), but the UFC at least recognizes this absurdity and is willing to book her in a fight shortly afterwards. After entering the promotion with a three-fight winning streak, Calvillo suffered her first career loss to veteran Carla Esparza in December, but will now look to get back on track against a fellow strawweight looking to break into the rankings. Botelho is 2-0 under the UFC banner, and will hold a four-inch height advantage in this fight. While Botelho holds the edge in volume striking and striking differential over a small sample size, Calvillo will likely look to negate her size advantage by keeping this fight in tight. She averages 1.59 takedowns per 15 minutes, though it's worth noting that Botelho has yet to be taken down in the UFC.
Suspended nine months by NAC
strawweightUFC
March 13, 2018
Calvillo has been suspended by nine months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive drug test for marijuana, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Calvillo has already been suspended six months by the USADA, both suspensions will run concurrently, meaning she will be cleared to return on September 30. Even though her USADA suspension could be reduced to three months, she will still have to serve the entire nine month suspension from the NAC.