Cynthia Calvillo: “I’m gonna give Joanna that first loss”

Budding strawweight star Cynthia Calvillo (6-0) scored the biggest victory of her professional career last month when she defeated Joanne Calderwood by unanimous decision in Calderwood’s hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. A little over two weeks after keeping her unblemished record in tact, Calvillo is already planning her return to the octagon.

The strawweight contender is one of the hottest prospects in MMA right now.  In less than a year as a pro, she has picked up three consecutive UFC wins. When she competed in Glasgow last month, she became the first female to compete three times in 2017.

Calvillo recently talked to MMA Junkie about her meteoric strawweight rise, her support from Dana White, and what’s next.

On her rise in popularity and the rankings:

It’s insane. I never would’ve thought. I’m really happy. I feel like im the perfect person to do that. I think Dana White has it right, ya know what I mean, he sees somthing in me and Im the perfect person to shake up the divisioin. I’ve been working hard for a very long time. Its great that I just blew up now, but its something thats been coming along for a long time.

On what’s next for her:

I’m gonna get that fourth win beore the end of the year, thats for sure! We’ll see. Im hoping maybe November, December? Well find out soon, guys. Dude, Ive been talking about a fight since right after fought. As soon as I get back to the hotel I see Sean Shelby… Ya know what, I’m ranked number eight now– so hopefully we can get Carla Esparza, number seven, or Michelle Waterson, number six. Two more fights and hit that title. Either of them. They are both in the way of what I want, and that’s that belt.

On a title shot:

I say two [more fights until a title shot]. I mean im number eight. Who else is really there? Claduia Gadelha fought her twice, Karolina already fought. Who else is there to fight her in the top ten? I say two more and I can defintiley get that title shot.

On Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk:

Umm, I mean if her wrestling game gets on point andshe can hold her down, maybe she can do that. I dont know. I think I’m gonna give Joanna that first loss.

Calvillo talks about the purple streaks in her hair, Dana White, her fight style and more. Check out her full comments below.

Source: MMA Junkie

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  1. Gee, Cynthia, you barely get past Joanne and now you think you’re ready for Joanna? You’ve got a lot of tough competition between you and her.

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