UFC president Dana White has heaped some serious praise on UFC 210 standout Cynthia Calvillo after her second consecutive win inside the octagon.
UFC 210 was a fairly strange event all things considered. The two main fights sitting at the very top of the card both generated their fair share of talking points when all was said and done and despite the quality found all the way through the night’s lineup, it was the retirement of Anthony Johnson and the controversial stoppage in the fight between Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi that had the public talking.
One man whose attention was fixated elsewhere on fight night, however, was the UFC’s president Dana White, who in the post-fight press conference, heaped praise on the women’s strawweight prospect Cynthia Calvillo, who moved to 2-0 in the UFC in her second main-card appearance with a third-round submission victory over Pearl Gonzalez.
Calvillo, who is 5-0 as a professional, was moved up to a main-card slot in the wake of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s infamous withdrawal from UFC 209 last month and at UFC 210, she didn’t fail to deliver the goods the second-time-round, seemingly managing to earn herself a new fan in the UFC’s head honcho in the process.
White, who joined Calvillo at the presser, gave the possible future contender the type of praise he himself said he reserved only for the truly great figures in the sport’s recent history.
“The first time I met Conor McGregor, I called Lorenzo [Fertitta] and said ‘Man, I don’t even know if this guy can fight, but if he can throw a punch he’s going to be an ****** rock star.’ You know? Ronda Rousey, I had a 45-minute meeting with her and I decided to do women’s MMA. I feel pretty strongly about this one too. I loved her performance tonight.”
With this win, you can expect to see Calvillo make a push into the 115lb division’s top-15 at this stage, and with the champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk set to defend her belt at UFC 211 next month and a potential top-contender fight between Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson taking place this weekend, it’s clear to see that the strawweight division has a very interesting year on the horizon.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena