Dana White indicates Cynthia Calvillo in UFC title mix, makes Gilbert Burns comparison
UFC president Dana White was impressed with Cynthia Calvillo’s performance Saturday.
At UFC on ESPN 10, Calvillo (9-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) defeated former women’s flyweight title challenger Jessica Eye in a five-round unanimous decision. Afterward, White said during the post-event news conference that he was pleased with the Calvillo’s performance in her divisional debut.
“She looked great tonight,” White said. “She fought the perfect fight. I think that (her) standup looked good (and) her ground game looked good. Going into the fifth round, she stood, didn’t sit on the stool, had a strong fifth round. She looked good. (It was) her first five-round fight. Yeah, she looked good.”
Heading into the fight, Eye (15-8 MMA, 5-7 UFC) sat at No. 1 in the official UFC women’s 125-pound rankings. Coming into a division and beating the No. 1 contender? White said that’s a recipe for throwing yourself into the title mix immediately.
“Listen, yeah, if you beat the No. 1 contender,” White said when asked. “Look at Gilbert Burns. It just happened to him. When you beat No. 1? Yeah.”
At UFC on ESPN 9 last month, Burns defeated then-No.1 contender and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a dominant unanimous decision victory. The win skyrocketed him up the UFC rankings – and in turn earned him the next 170-pound title shot against Kamaru Usman.
Calvillo, 32, has not lost in four straight appearances. Following back-to-back victories over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey at strawweight, Calvillo drew with Marina Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN 7 in December.
UFC on ESPN 10 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.
Check out the full UFC on ESPN 10 post-fight news conference with Dana White in the video above.