When the awards get dished out at the end of the year, UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo will be right in the thick of it when it comes to breakout UFC fighter of 2017.
After making her debut back at UFC 209 against Amanda Cooper, Calvillo has gone on to rack up two further victories at UFC 210 and UFC Fight Night Glasgow over Pearl Gonzalez and Joanne Calderwood.
With three wins in under five months, Calvillo now feels she’s just one win away from a title shot and speaking yesterday at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, the Team Alpha Male star told the media that’s she’s looking to fight again before the end of the year.
“I’m going to get that fourth one [win] before the end of the year that’s for sure,” Calvillo said. “We’ll see. hopefully, maybe, you know, November or December.”
“As soon as I got out of my last fight I got back to the hotel and I saw Sean Shelby. I’m ranked number eight in the world right now so hopefully I can get number seven ranked Carla Esparza or Michelle Watterson who’s ranked number six. Either one, they are both in the way of what I want which is the belt.”
With Rose Namajunas set to challenge Joanna Jedrzejczyk next for the UFC women’s strawweight title, Calvillo spoke about her chances. The California native didn’t rule out Namajunas winning, but said that she herself would have the best shot at dethroning the Polish champion.
“If her wrestling game gets on point and she can get her down then, I dunno, I think I’m going to give Joanna that first loss,” Calvillo said.