Exclusive: Cynthia Calvillo Talks ‘Great Mix-Up’ Of Strawweight Contenders, Grasso’s Upset Win Over Shevchenko

Calvillo is brimming with energy and confidence ahead of her return to strawweight.

  • Cynthia Calvillo is looking forward to competing against the best fighters in the strawweight division as she hopes to make an epic return at 115
  • The 35-year-old plans to follow in the footsteps of her fellow Mexican Alexa Grasso and become a champion as well

Cynthia Calvillo is set to make her return to strawweight as she faces Lupita Godinez at UFC 287. Ahead of the match, Calvillo talks about how thrilled she is about how the strawweight division is shaping up and how her fellow Mexican and reigning UFC flyweight champion Alexa Grasso is motivating her.

Cynthia sees a lot of good fights  at 115

In an exclusive interview with MiddleEasy, Calvillo, who last fought at 115 in 2019 against Cortney Casey, admitted that the strawweight division is stacked but she doesn’t feel pressured and it only makes her excited.

“It’s a great mix-up. I’m really liking all the talent that’s in the strawweight division I mean they’re getting better and better you know so I need to get in there and work hard and stay on top with the rest of these women but yeah, I’m really excited,” Calvillo said.

Eager to be the next Mexican champ

Grasso made history at UFC 285 when she stopped longtime flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and became the first woman to ever win a UFC title from Mexico. Calvillo plans to do the same and she is confident that a win over Godinez will set her up for it.

“I don’t know she’s gonna be able to pull it off but God damn you know you don’t ever count out a Mexican heart. We don’t quit, we don’t stop coming and so it was very inspiring you know I honestly, like I was there live and I feel like I teared up you know that was amazing to see and like now we have three three Mexican Champions. I mean like what a year. It’s very motivating and I’m excited and hopefully you know one of us Mexicans capture that strawweight division title. I feel like I’m I’m gonna be the closest right now once I beat Lupi and yeah hopefully, keep it coming give more more titles to Mexico,” Calvillo said.

Calvillo’s recent flyweight stint has been a slump. She last tasted a win by beating Jessica Eye in 2020 and went on to lose four consecutive fights in the 125-pound division.

Godinez, meanwhile, will try to get back to the win column after losing to Angela Hill in their catchweight bout at UFC on ESPN 41.

Published on March 27, 2023 at 11:33 am
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