UFC’s Cynthia Calvillo has revealed she will be leaving the strawweight division and moving up to flyweight.
Calvillo (8-1-1) discussed her reasoning for moving up to compete at 125-pounds during a recent chat with BJPenn.com.
“With my age, I’m 32, my body has changed since the time I made my [UFC] debut and it was really hard to do those weight cuts consistently,” Calvillo said. “I’ve fought so many times keeping my body weight low that it might have been damaging to my body. I’m learning that now and when I first got to the UFC, there was no flyweight division. There was only a strawweight division and I said I’ll give it a shot. I made it, I kept wanting to put myself through hell every single time and I did do that. That was a part of it, everybody cuts a bunch of weight. Girls and guys cutting weight, it’s just not the same.
“One of the things that made me realize [I need to make a move], for me to give the performances that, not only do I deserve with the work that I put in, but the work that my coaches put in and the support around me… I can make 125 easy. I’ll probably be a smaller fighter at 125 but me and my team, the people around me have decided that it’s better for me to fight at flyweight.”
The 32-year-old feels she will be a ‘smaller fighter’ at 125-pounds but hopes that size difference will not be a factor.
“I want to give everybody the best me and maybe I can be like Frankie Edgar — not cut much weight, be a smaller fighter and he won still,” Calvillo said. “I’ve fought at 125 before, but it’s very appealing for me to be in the strawweight division because I love that division. There’s some monsters there, it’s the deepest division in the UFC, it’s very exciting for me. I can’t do that to myself so I’m giving myself a shot at the flyweight division.”
Fans won’t have to wait too long for Calvillo’s 125-pound debut, the Team Alpha Male standout says she is hoping to have a fight announced soon for April.
“I’m hoping, I think I might have a fight lined up in April,” Calvillo said. “I’m very fortunate that the UFC still wants to provide me with opportunities. I’m very thankful to be in these positions and I think this next fight is going to be a good one. It’s gonna be great for the fans and more motivation [for me]. So, look out and get ready to hear about an exciting fight for my debut in the flyweight division.”
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