UFC strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo has been on a tear since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship in early 2017.
To cap off a busy year, the 30-year-old Team Alpha Male product is set to face the toughest challenge of her career when she faces off against former 115-pound champion Carla Esparza at UFC 219.
Calvillo (6-0) made her UFC debut at UFC 209 in March, scoring a submission victory over Amanda Bobby Cooper. After a quick turnaround, Calvillo scored her second rear-naked choke victory inside of the Octagon by tapping out Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 210. Most recently, Calvillo defeated Joanne Calderwood in Glasgow, Scotland back in July.
She is currently the No. 6-ranked fighter in the division.
Before turning pro, Calvillo had a decorated amateur career which included a 5-1 record with three finishes and four championships.
Calvillo, who grew up in San Jose, California, is the daughter of Mexican immigrants Toribio and Maria.
After marrying at a young age and eventually filing for divorce, Calvillo picked up MMA at age 23 as a way to focus on herself. Since then, she has continued pushing forward and is now making waves as a serious threat on the biggest stage mixed martial arts has to offer.
“I spent a long time in my life in a situation that wasn’t very positive and I didn’t care about myself too much. That all finally changed,” Calvillo said in an interview with ESPN.com.
“[Fighting] saved the relationship I have with my family.”