Cynthia Calvillo is happy to compete in her first most important occasion as knowledgeable fighter, regardless of what the critics should say about it.
Calvillo makes her 125-pound debut for the UFC towards Jessica Eye in the principle occasion of the promotion’s June 13 combat card. The occasion is anticipated to happen on the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The 32-year-old returns to the flyweight division for the primary time since her professional debut in August 2016 after the minimize to 115 grew to become an excessive amount of. In her final combat towards Marina Rodriguez in December, Calvillo missed weight by 4.5 kilos.
When the information broke that Calvillo and Eye, a current title challenger, could be on the high of the marquee, it led to a shocked response from not solely followers, however Calvillo herself.
“Truthfully, to inform you the reality, I, myself, was very shocked that this occurred,” Calvillo stated on the What the Heck present. “Particularly contemplating that I had missed weight the final combat, my monitor file has been a little bit bit off these final couple of instances.
“I haven’t placed on the perfect performances—getting a draw and lacking weight—and I knew it was a wierd scenario with COVID. I imply, I needed to pull out of the opposite combat as a result of this sh*t’s been happening. I used to be simply blissful I’d get one thing.”
Initially, Calvillo was scheduled to combat Antonina Shevchenko at UFC Lincoln in April earlier than the occasion was cancelled as a consequence of coronavirus issues. As soon as the promotion returned to motion with a trio of occasions in Jacksonville, Fla., Calvillo felt secure sufficient to succeed in out to her supervisor to take the mandatory steps for getting again to competitors.
Whereas she was planning a July return to the octagon, a giant, but short-notice alternative got here her method that she couldn’t cross up.
“When it occurred, I used to be like, ‘I’m gonna take it,’” Calvillo defined. “I do know lots of people don’t agree with it however, truthfully, F y’all to inform you the reality.
“It’s unusual instances proper now. I’m not even positive I’d’ve gotten this chance had it not been for COVID as a result of some folks had been frightened about taking sure fights. There’s a number of matchups that received blended up and issues received switched up. They’re simply making an attempt to make fights occur proper now and I feel that’s nice. I’m extraordinarily appreciative.”
Calvillo is unbeaten in her earlier three fights, together with a first-round submission win over Poliana Botelho and a unanimous determination victory over Cortney Casey. In her most up-to-date combat, she went to a majority draw towards Rodriguez after an enormous bounce-back third spherical.
Whereas the combat placement with Eye was met with shock, it was additionally met with a number of negativity on social media—one thing the brand new American Kickboxing Academy member was effectively conscious of.
“I actually don’t give a rattling what folks say,” Calvillo stated. “What was I purported to say, ‘No guys. I don’t agree with this most important occasion. I don’t know why you guys did this, we’re not gonna do it?’ No, in fact we’re gonna take it. As fighters and the place we’re at, whoever could be in my place would completely, 100 p.c take that combat. And if you happen to guys wish to sh*t on it, then go forward. I assure you motherf*ckers would do it.
“It’s what it’s. You guys may not agree with it however that is loopy instances and I’m gonna run with it. I’m gonna go on the market and placed on the efficiency of my life, particularly going as much as 125. These weight cuts are going to be straightforward cash for me. I can take these brief discover fights and I’m excited to have the ability to try this once more. I’m taking Dana up on that provide to have not less than 4 fights this 12 months. I’m gonna get that completed—most important occasion or no most important occasion.”
Eye is a fighter Calvillo has been taking note of for a very long time. After shedding 4 straight fights at 135, “Evil” dropped all the way down to the flyweight division and picked up three consecutive victories which led to a title shot towards Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 238 this previous June.
Whereas Calvillo is seeing and listening to the negativity from followers regarding the most important occasion reserving for June 13, it’s one thing she has grown accustomed to since signing with the UFC in 2017.
“It’s been so loopy, man,” Calvillo acknowledged. “I’ve needed to cope with so many individuals speaking sh*t, whether or not it was my final combat lacking weight or once I received suspended. My first 12 months as a rookie was the perfect. All people, at first, was like, ‘Who the f*ck is that this chick?’ Subsequent factor you recognize all people’s on the f*ckin prepare. I lose, I get suspended and now I’m again on the opposite facet.
“It’s a number of ups and downs. I’m form of used to it and I already know the way individuals are on social media. It’s a bunch of folks that say sh*t on-line. I don’t assume I’ve ever had anyone speak sh*t—any followers or these folks that speak to me on-line—have ever talked to me like that in individual. You’re simply gonna get a bunch of those assholes on the market and that’s superb.
“You’ll be able to tune in, watch to see me get beat up, or win. No matter, it doesn’t matter. I’m simply blissful to be right here and get to do what I like each freakin’ day. You’re going to get criticized anyway so would possibly as effectively do it doing what you’re keen on.”