Cynthia Calvillo returns to action at this Thursday’s Quintet event when she takes on rising BJJ star, Danielle Kelly, in a grappling match.
Calvillo accepted the bout on short-notice after Kelly’s original opponent, Pearl Gonzalez, was forced to withdraw. 32-year-old Calvillo only just fought last weekend, going to a majority draw against Marina Rodriguez at the UFC on ESPN 7 event. Calvillo says she is looking for a quick ‘redemption’ at this Thursday’s event.
“I just got home to Sacramento on Sunday night, I woke up and they asked me if I wanted to step into a grappling match at QUINTET and I said yes,” said Calvillo
“At least now I get a little bit of redemption by being able to go out there and compete again and have a good performance this Thursday,” she continued.
Calvillo likes her chances in the bout and believes she’s a tougher fight for Danielle Kelly than original opponent, Pearl Gonzalez. Calvillo owns a 2017 submission win over Gonzalez in MMA competition.
“I may not be a straight jiu-jitsu fighter but I’m a natural grappler,” Calvillo said. “I love no gi, I love submission wrestling; I just think I’m special when it comes to competing on the ground, so I definitely think I’m going to be a tougher fight for her.”
“I’m going to go out there and finish it,” Calvillo said. “I love jiu-jitsu, it’s so much fun, and I’m going to go out there and get the finish as fast as I can.”
Quintet Ultra takes place this Thursday December 12, 2019, from the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 10pm EST.