In a division already in want of contenders for dominant champion Valentina Shevchenko, Saturday’s UFC Combat Night time primary occasion could not have produced a greater consequence. Cynthia Calvillo made her official debut at flyweight after transferring up a weight class and decisively outworked former title contender Jessica Eye to safe a unanimous determination over 5 rounds (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) contained in the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. 

The victory immediately introduced Calvillo (9-1-1) as a reliable contender at 125 kilos as she combined clear hanging with 4 takedowns to stay unbeaten over her final 4 fights. 

“I really feel nice, particularly for placing on a efficiency like that with a brief quantity of coaching,” Calvillo stated. “I do perceive that we’re going via loopy occasions on this world, so it feels nice to have the ability to do that. 

“I knew that it was my first time preparing for a five-round struggle and needed to do it in three weeks. I knew it was going to take me a bit to get it going and I wanted that first spherical as a warmup.”

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Eye (15-8, 1 NC), who missed weight by .25 kilos on Friday and subsequently required assist strolling off of the size, appeared to regulate the opening spherical with clear counter-punching. The naturally larger fighter as a former bantamweight, Eye rapidly misplaced any momentum she had in Spherical 2 when Calvillo modified ranges brilliantly to attain a takedown and shortly take Eye’s again searching for a choke. 

Calvillo, 32, outlanded Eye by a margin of 137 to 97 over 5 rounds. Nevertheless it was the timing of her takedowns that turned this from a detailed struggle to a largely dominant one as Calvillo appeared on the verge of harmful submission makes an attempt in three of the ultimate 4 rounds, forcing Eye to struggle simply to outlive. 

“I felt nice [in the championship rounds],” Calvillo stated. “I skilled tremendous laborious, and after I get bored, I all the time attempt to win observe and outwork everybody. That is my first time doing that, and I am actually excited and happy with myself.”

The 33-year-old Eye, who was knocked out by Shevchenko by way of vicious head kick of their 2019 title bout, fell to 4-2 after transferring right down to flyweight. 

Following the debut win at 125 kilos, Calvillo acquired an on the spot callout on social media from former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian and expects to remain lively from right here on out. 

CBS Sports activities was with you your entire approach on Saturday, updating this story with all the outcomes and highlights. You may take a look at the motion from UFC Combat Night time: Eye vs. Calvillo beneath. 

UFC Combat Night time: Eye vs. Calvillo outcomes

  • Cynthia Calvillo def. Jessica Eye by way of unanimous determination (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
  • Marvin Vettori def. Karl Roberson by way of first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Charles Rosa def. Kevin Aguilar by way of cut up determination (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Andre Fili def. Charles Jourdain by way of cut up determination (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Jordan Espinosa def. Mark De La Rosa by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Mariya Agapova def. Hannah Cifers by way of first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Merab Dvalishvili def. Gustavo Lopez by way of unanimous determination (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
  • Julia Avila def. Gina Mazany by way of first-round TKO (punches)
  • Tyson Nam def. Ryan Benoit  by way of first-round TKO (punches)
  • Christian Aguilera def. Anthony Ivy by way of first-round TKO (punches)