Exclusive! Fighter Spotlight: Heather “The Heat” Hardy

There’s no question about it– Heather Hardy is the real deal. This is not just reflected by her multiple world titles, perfect 20-0 boxing record or her outstanding MMA debut last month, “The Heat” lives and breathes passion and determination in her relentless pursuit to the top. Whether she’s breaking barriers in boxing or turning heads in MMA, Hardy elevates women in the sport and represents everything that fight fans look for in a champion– heart, will, and an unstoppable work ethic.

Bellator’s newest flyweight spoke to WMMA Rankings and answered questions about her MMA and boxing future, her daughter, her mentality and much more. Read below to get to know the two-division boxing champion and Brooklyn-native.

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Cynthia Calvillo talks heated post-fight exchange with Calderwood backstage

In just eleven months, budding strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo (6-0) has recorded three straight UFC wins. She’s appeared on two back-to-back PPV events and recently co-headlined UFC Fight Night 113. It is no secret that Calvillo’s star is on the rise.

In her most recent appearance at UFC Glasgow, she defeated Scotland’s hometown hero Joanne Calderwood (11-3) by unanimous decision. Fighters and fans alike voiced their opinions on the decision– some agreed with Calvillo’s victory, while others thought Calderwood edged it out. There is arguably no one more upset by the decision than Joanne Calderwood herself though. After Calvillo’s victory, Calvillo told MMAUno.com that she and Calderwood exchanged words after the fight.  Continue reading “Cynthia Calvillo talks heated post-fight exchange with Calderwood backstage”

Bellator 182 main card gets Veta Arteaga vs Bruna Ellen

Next month at Bellator 182, Veta Arteaga (3-1) will meet Bruna Ellen (3-1) in a women’s flyweight bout on the main card. Arteaga enters the bout off a third round doctor stoppage TKO over Brooke Mayo in February. She has only lost once in her professional career– a controversial split decision to Anastasia Yankova. Ellen, a Brazilian prospect, debuted in Bellator at Bellator 159, losing a unanimous decision to Jessica Middleton. She bounced back at Bellator 171 in January, improving her record to 3-1 with a unanimous decision win against Carmela James. Continue reading “Bellator 182 main card gets Veta Arteaga vs Bruna Ellen”

#UFCGlasgow: Pros react to Calvillo’s decision win over Joanne Calderwood

On Sunday, Team Alpha Male’s Cynthia Calvillo (6-0) kept her perfect record in tact by grinding out a unanimous decision over Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood (11-3) in the night’s co-main event. The judges scored the contest 30-27 x2, 29-28 in favor of Calvillo. The decision was seen as legitimate by some and controversial by others. Scroll down to see what your favorite female fighters thought of Calvillo’s third straight UFC win! Continue reading “#UFCGlasgow: Pros react to Calvillo’s decision win over Joanne Calderwood”

Nunes vs Shevchenko II made official for #UFC215 in September

Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and number one contender Valentina Shevchenko have been officially rebooked for UFC 215 on September 9th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.The pair were originally scheduled to meet for the second time at UFC 213, but Nunes withdrew from the fight the morning of due to illness. The last minute withdrawal on the part of the “Lioness” has only deepened the intensity of Nunes-Shevchenko’s ongoing feud. Continue reading “Nunes vs Shevchenko II made official for #UFC215 in September”

#UFCGlasgow Results: Calvillo upsets Calderwood, takes unanimous decision

In UFC Glasgow’s co-main event, Scotland’s own Joanne Calderwood met budding contender Cynthia Calvillo in a hard-hitting clash of styles.

It was a back and forth match-up– in the first round Calvillo gained control of Calderwood’s back and hunted for a RNC, but the clock ran out. In the second round, Calderwood landed a solid spinning backfist that almost took Calvillo off her feet. Finally, in the third round, Calvillo took Calderwood down in the last minute of the fight and almost secured a RNC. Calvillo’s handy work was enough to win over the Scottish judges in Calderwood’s hometown.

Cynthia Calvillo def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

#UFCGlasgow Results: Leslie Smith TKOs Amanda Lemos in the second round

To open the early UFC Fight Pass prelims in Glasgow, veteran Leslie Smith took on UFC newcomer Amanda Lemos in a thrilling bantamweight match-up.

Lemos landed heavy shots and swift low kicks throughout the first and second round, but the volume striking and aggressive output of Smith proved to be too much. Smith pressured Lemos against the cage in the second round and unloaded a variety of combinations until the referee stepped in.

Leslie Smith def. Amanda Lemos via second round TKO.