On Dec. 6, 2019, UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo barricaded herself in her Washington, D.C., hotel room and cried, alone, for hours one day before she was to face an abysmal, surging potential in Marina Rodriguez.
Calvillo, who encounters Jessica Eye (15-7) in UFC Fight Night on Saturday at Las Vegas, was devastated until her latest struggle, after she missed the 116-pound strawweight limitation by 4 lbs. Missing fat is broadly regarded as a disgrace for any UFC athlete, but that has been Calvillo’s second time doing this in three looks, and it was brought on by a personal issue.
“It’s hard for me as a female athlete — I have an irregular period,” stated Calvillo, that has talked openly about how it’s influenced her prior weight reductions. “I understand other female fighters have stated that they get around it. Well, it is different. Every girl differs. And it had been embarrassing. It was quite embarrassing.
“All I could do — I cried a whole lot. After that the weigh-ins for my final fight, I secured myself into that hotel room and just cried nonstop. And I called my mother.”
Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event features a flyweight battle between former title challenger Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo, who is moving up from strawweight. In the co-main event, Marvin Vettori and Karl Roberson will get to settle their feud, which includes a confrontation in a hotel lobby last month.
UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo
• Saturday, Las Vegas
• Prelims: ESPN/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
• Main card: ESPN/ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET
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Calvillo (8-1-1) has simply chosen to move until this 125-pound flyweight division, and also the UFC has shown its faith in her booking her from the advertising’s No. 1-ranked contender. This will probably be Calvillo’s initial principal event.
The San Jose, California, native also has returned to her roots ahead of the struggle, since she departed Team Alpha Male at Sacramento in favour of American Kickboxing Academy at San Jose. For someone with fewer than 10 professional spells, Calvillo has undergone a lot. She has fought short notice from the UFC, competed abroad and currently shed weight courses.
What she really wishes to do today is put in the flyweight division and struggle. Frequently. The 32-year old fought five occasions at 2017, but that number dropped to only once in 2018 and double in 2019. If goes well, and removing the strain of a crippling weight reduction can not hurt, Calvillo might love to become a lot more active and flip enthusiast attention away from her burden and toward her name hopes.
By the numbers
4: Flyweight wins by Eye, tied for third most ever supporting Valentina Shevchenko’s and Katlyn Chookagian’s five. Eye has won four of five fights since joining the division in 2018. She had gone 1-5 with a no contest at bantamweight.
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1: Fights in which Calvillo did not land a takedown, among her seven in the UFC. She has 10 takedowns total.
11: Victories by Eye, among her 15 total, that have gone to decision.
2: Fights in which Calvillo missed weight, among her past three bouts. Those fights were at strawweight, necessitating her move to flyweight for this bout.
4.17: Significant strikes landed per minute by Eye, fourth most among active 125-pound women.
Sources: ESPN Stats & Information and UFC Stats
Five vs. five
Jessica Eye’s most recent results
Win: Viviane Araujo (UD, Dec. 14, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Loss: Valentina Shevchenko (KO2, June 8, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Katlyn Chookagian (SD, Dec. 8, 2018)
Win: Jessica-Rose Clark (UD, June 23, 2018)
Win: Kalindra Faria (SD, Jan. 14, 2018)
Cynthia Calvillo’s most recent results
Draw: Marina Rodriguez (MD, Dec. 7, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Cortney Casey (UD, Feb. 17, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Poliana Botelho (SUB1, Nov. 17, 2018)
Loss: Carla Esparza (UD, Dec. 30, 2017)
Win: Joanne Calderwood (UD, July 16, 2017)
Brett Okamoto’s prediction
And the winner is … Calvillo. Her only reduction would be to former strawweight champion Carla Esparza via unanimous decision in a really close fight. Calvillo is a powerful wrestler, which I really believe will help her in this transition to 125 pounds. Eye is a bodily flyweight plus a bit more dangerous on the toes, but at a more struggle — and a bigger cage — that I lean into the forwards strain and grappling of Calvillo.
Saturday’s battle card
ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET
Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo | Women’s flyweight
Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori | Middleweight
Merab Dvalishvili vs. Gustavo Lopez | Men’s catchweight (140 lbs )
Andre Fili vs. Charles Jourdain | Men’s featherweight
Jordan Espinosa vs. Mark De La Rosa | Men’s bantamweight
ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
Mariya Agapova vs. Hannah Cifers | Women’s flyweight
Charles Rosa vs. Kevin Aguilar | Lightweight
Julia Avila vs. Gina Mazany | Women’s bantamweight
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Tyson Nam | Men’s flyweight
Christian Aguilera vs. Anthony Ivy | Welterweight
What else to search for… past the primary event
Shall we call the co-main occasion Roberson vs. Vettori 1.5?
It will not be a rematch when Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori tangle in the co-main event, but it has the feel of one.
The middleweights were scheduled to meet on May 13 in Jacksonville, Florida, but Roberson was pulled from the card less than 24 hours before fight night because of medical issues related to his weight cut. This left Vettori upset, and he confronted Roberson in the hotel lobby as Roberson’s group was checking out.
Now they may struggle.
Both guys come in on two-fight win streaks. Roberson (9-2, 4-2 at the UFC) has won a few of the previous four. Vettori (14-4, 4-2 UFC) last experienced defeat at a split decision against Israel Adesanya at 2018, before Adesanya getting UFC middleweight winner.
Four items to understand (from ESPN Stats & Information)
1. ) Merab Dvalishvili, who takes on Gustavo Lopez at a bantamweight bout, is coming from a major functionality. In February, Dvalishvili took Casey Kenney down 12 occasions, getting the fourth largest fighter in UFC history to have several conflicts with 10-and takedowns. The other people: Demetrious Johnson (3), Georges St-Pierre (2) and Colby Covington (2). Borg includes a 46.7percent takedown defense in his UFC career, beneath the roster average of 55.0%.
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2. Veteran featherweight Andre Fili will be producing his 15th walk into the Octagon, seventh in branch history. Fili confronts Charles Jourdain, that a Canadian fighting in the UFC for the next time. Notable: It’s “Touchy” Fili vs. “Air” Jourdain. You’re welcome.
3. Charles Rosa will probably be fighting in the UFC for the time — except for the first time from the promotion’s home base of Las Vegas. The lightweight called “Boston Strong” may prefer that the battle return home in TD Garden, though. Rosa is currently 3-0 in Boston and 0-4 out of Boston within his UFC career.
4. ) Anthony Ivy will make his UFC debut, one week later he temporarily replaced Ian Heinisch from the UFC 250 lineup, before Heinisch was removed to combat. Ivy will put his five-fight win streak on the line against Christian Aguilera, who’s also making his UFC debut.