This Sunday, budding star Cynthia Calvillo (5-0) will look to continue her meteoric rise in the strawweight division as she takes on Scotland’s own, Joanne Calderwood (11-2). Two fights into her UFC career, and only five fights into her professional career, Calvillo has already found herself a spot in the top fifteen. Prior to her clash with Calderwood at Fight Night 113, scroll down to check out Calvillo’s comments about Joanne Calderwood, her place in the division, and how she originally wanted to fight in Anaheim, California, at UFC 214, but couldn’t turn down the opportunity to face the No. 8 ranked fighter.On how the fight vs Calderwood developed:
When I got called about the fight, I had asked Dana for a fight in Anaheim. But he came back with, ‘How about Joanne Calderwood in her home town, No. 8 (UFC rankings)?’ Of course. I
want to be a world champion. When they gave me that opportunity, being ranked No. 14, to fight No. 8, I took it right away.
On her place in the division:
It’s been amazing. These last couple months have been crazy. But I’ve put the work in. A lot of people don’t know about me, but I’ve been behind the scenes putting the work in for many years. I knew this time was going to come. I’m ready and prepared, and I know I belong here.
(A win) is definitely going to put me in position to keep climbing up those rankings really fast and hopefully get that title shot next year.
On Joanne Calderwood:
I expect the best Joanne Calderwood possible. I know she’s hungry– she’s not gonna wanna let her hometown down. I’ve got all kind of tricks up my sleeve. I’m a complete mixed martial artists. You guys have seen a lot of my grappling, but thats just the way the fights have played out. You’ve seen what I can do on two, three weeks notice. Gimme a full fight camp– you guys are in for a treat.
Who ya got?– #TeamCalvillo or #TeamCalderwood?