Cynthia Calvillo is proving she’s ready to rumble…
The 32-year-old Mexican American mixed martial artist is officially a UFC women’s flyweight contender after her first fight in the division.
Calvillo earned a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) victory over Jessica Eye on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
Calvillo took Eye down in four of five rounds and outstruck the bigger Eye on the feet.
Judges Derek Cleary and Sal D’Amato each gave Eye the first round and Calvillo the other four. Judge Eric Colon gave the first and fifth rounds to Eye, with the second, third and fourth for Calvillo.
It was Calvillo’s debut at flyweight after previously spending the duration of her UFC career at strawweight, where she struggled with making weight. Eye missed weight by a quarter-pound on Friday and had to forfeit 25% of her purse to Calvillo. It was Eye’s second straight fight in which she missed weight coming in.
ESPN had Eye ranked No. 6 among women’s flyweight fighters in MMA, and Calvillo was unranked at strawweight.
Calvillo had nearly eight minutes of control time on the ground throughout the fight. Per the UFC, she’s now tied for the most wins among female UFC fighters since 2017 with six, joining two-division champion Amanda Nunes, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, Katlyn Chookagian and Angela Hill.
Since 2018, Calvillo is undefeated at 3-0-1. The only other UFC women to be undefeated in that span with at least four fights are Nunes, Shevchenko, strawweight champion Zhang Weili and Yan Xiaonan, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.