Ahead of the bout, Esparza (12-4-0) recently took to her Instagram page to express her thoughts on the matchup.
“One month from today [at UFC 219], I step back into the UFC octagon for battle. My opponent [Cynthia Calvillo] called me out to fight, and having never seen her fight, I accepted (as i usually do). At first, I took this call out as a sign of disrespect because most call outs to me have usually bashed me and been disrespectful. I later found that this was not the case, and more out of respect and wanting a tough fight. I look forward to this battle, and will give it everything I have.” Esparza wrote.
“The Cookie Monster” made history in 2014, submitting Rose Namajunas to become the inaugural UFC strawweight champion. She went on to lose the belt in her first-defense at UFC 185, a third-round TKO loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Esparza has since earned unanimous decision wins over Juliana Lima and Maryna Moroz and knows a victory over the highly-touted Calvillo could put her back into title contention.
“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place on December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card featuring Calvillo vs. Esparza will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.