To ensure her place on the UFC roster, Cynthia Calvillo must battle Nina Nunes and the scales.
The UFC is back with a new event, this time featuring a major bantamweight match between Dominick Cruz, a former champion, and Marlon Vera.
There are other fighters trying to advance toward their goal of becoming a UFC champion as these two men want to establish their place in the 135-pound category. One of those people is Cynthia Calvillo, who is trying to recover from a bad run and maybe hold onto her spot on the UFC roster.
When she first entered the UFC in 2017, Calvillo dominated the promotion. She has won three matches in a row, leading many to wonder if she may fight for the title.
Unfortunately, things started to go south after a bout at UFC 219 versus eventual champion and former champion Carla Esparza. She would undereat, forfeit the battle, and test positive for marijuana metabolites.
Calvillo gave a brief response, but the problem persisted since she missed weight twice more during the course of three matches. After the Esparza defeat, her 3-1 record raised questions about her future in the UFC’s women’s divisions. She was followed by inquiries about whether she was a flyweight or a strawweight, but didn’t have an obvious response.
Calvillo’s switch to 125 pounds didn’t help her situation because she currently has a three-fight losing streak. She might be kicked out of the team if she suffers another defeat, and at 35, there must be growing concern about how long she will be able to maintain her athletic prowess.
Similar to where Nina Nunes is in her career
Calvillo will have to overcome Nina Nunes if she wants to make things better. Similar circumstances can be found in Nunes’ history, as she has lost her last two fights overall and her most recent fight after making a comeback.
The fight for Calvillo begins on the scales because if she misses weight again, the UFC may be more inclined to cut her whether she wins or loses.
Another defeat doesn’t look good, especially as the UFC keeps expanding its roster through programs like Dana White’s Contender Series. Calvillo must be eliminated to prove her worthiness for a spot on the roster and that she still has one more run in her.