Regardless of transferring up 10 kilos and into a possible dimension drawback, Cynthia Calvillo used takedowns to win factors – and the struggle – in opposition to current title challenger Jessica Eye.

Calvillo (9-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) outworked Eye (15-Eight MMA, 5-7 UFC) after an in depth first spherical and took a five-round unanimous determination with a pair of 49-46 scores and a 48-47. It was Calvillo’s transfer again to flyweight after lacking weight at strawweight twice within the her previous three fights.

The ladies’s flyweight bout was the UFC on ESPN 10 co-main occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.

Calvillo popped off a fast mixture early, then simply missed an overhand proper. When Eye tried to get inside, Calvillo landed a brief left uppercut 40 seconds in. Eye pushed her again together with her personal combo a minute in, then fired off a stiff left jab. Two minutes in, Calvillo grazed Eye with a excessive kick, however the struggle stayed on the ft. When Calvillo landed one other left kick up excessive, Eye caught it and practically took her off her ft.

A minute into the second spherical, Calvillo put Eye on the canvas after a minute of in search of hanging openings. After a minute on the mat, Eye labored her means again to her ft, however Calvillo stayed connected to her and used that to take Eye’s again. The struggle spilled again to the canvas and Calvillo stored the strain on in search of a choke and touchdown punches to the pinnacle. She couldn’t discover the end earlier than the horn, however the management time of greater than half the spherical was large.

Each fighters discovered houses for his or her punches within the third, however Calvillo labored in leg kicks, maybe making an attempt to create a gap for one more takedown like she had within the second that led to a lot management. Calvillo’s jab continued to discover a house. After Eye landed an enormous proper hand with 85 seconds left, Calvillo dropped ranges and landed one other takedown.

It took Calvillo solely 30 seconds into the fourth spherical to get the struggle to the canvas. She caught a kick from Eye, then simply dragged the struggle all the way down to the mat. She took Eye’s again and appeared for a rear-naked choke, then peppered in punches. Eye tried to scramble out of the unhealthy place, however Calvillo stayed throughout her. With 2:20 left, Eye received again to her ft and tried to show issues round. She stopped a takedown seconds later, then began pushing Calvillo backward. Calvillo appeared to decelerate a little bit, however Eye won’t have executed sufficient late to win the spherical again.

The tempo slowed within the fifth, together with from Eye, who needed to have presumed she may want a end to win. Calvillo landed a spinning again fist with 80 seconds left, however Eye stayed standing. Eye stored throwing and landed an enormous proper hand with a minute left. However 10 seconds later, Calvillo drove in and landed a takedown. She appeared for a choke, however Eye scrambled away and received again to her ft with 20 seconds left. There wasn’t sufficient time for Eye to get something executed, although.

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