“Styles Make Fights”- Cynthia Calvillo Sends Valentina Shevchenko A Stern Warning

Published 06/18/2020, 1:36 AM EDT


UFC Strawweight Cynthia Calvillo spoke out on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on a potential fight with champion Valentina Shevchenko. Calvillo was victorious in her UFC Strawweight debut when she won a unanimous decision against Jessica Eye. Cynthia Calvillo put on a dominant performance and displayed her grappling skills.

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Calvillo expressed her views on several topics while speaking to Helwani. The former flyweight contender looked back to her starting point in MMA.

Calvillo began her MMA journey at the age of 23 in order to get some focus and discipline back into her life. She detailed her journey that started due to weight loss and culminated with her becoming the top-ranked fighter in her state. Cynthia Calvillo quickly became a top prospect in MMA.

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Her career resurgence came as she finally made the move up to the 125-pound division. Cynthia’s struggles in cutting weight have been well documented and it would lead to her struggling at the 115-pound weight class.

What’s next for Cynthia Calvillo?

After beating the former challenger in Eye, Calvillo has become a top-ranked contender in a relatively shallow division. She spoke about potentially fighting the winner of an upcoming contender match-up between Roxanne Modafferi and Lauren Murphy.

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Chiefly her focus remains on securing a title shot against dominant strawweight queen Valentina Shevchenko. ‘The Bullet’ has only lost to female GOAT Amanda Nunes other than a lone loss back in 2010. She has put on sensationally dominant performances and brutalized all contenders to date.

“Once the day [comes that] I get matched up [with Valentina Shevchenko], I’m pretty sure everybody’s going to think I’m going to get my ass kicked, like super easy. Styles make fights and I think I have probably the best grappling in the division that can probably give her a run for her money.”

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Calvillo will have an uphill task to dethrone the current dominant champion in Shevchenko. However, the new contender feels she has the tools required to become the 125-pound queen.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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