After missing weight in two of her past three fights, Cynthia Calvillo knows her days at strawweight might be numbered.
Calvillo came in at 120.5 pounds—4.5 pounds over the strawweight limit for a non-title fight—and ultimately battled Marina Rodriguez to a majority draw after three rounds in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, D.C.
While she says the weight cut had nothing to do with her performance on Saturday night, Calvillo can’t ignore that her body seems to be sending her a strong message about continuously trying to fight in the smaller division.
“I don’t want to make excuses,” Calvillo said following the event. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. It was something that we were trying to prepare for again but once again I had to deal with my body shutting down. I don’t want to make any excuses. I just want to go back to the drawing board and we’re going to work on that.
“Whether it means me moving up a weight class and that’s what I’m going to have to do.”
Calvillo promises that coming in over weight was the last thing she wanted and it definitely didn’t happen because of a lack of effort on her part.
“I would hate to look like I’m unprofessional. I work so god dang hard,” Calvillo said. “If you guys knew me and spent a week with me, you guys know I’m not here to f*ck around. I definitely didn’t want to give up a couple Gs. She went home with a nice paycheck with that draw and my missed weight. It is what it is.
“I apologized to my opponent and we’re going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen again. If that means moving up, that means moving up.”
If the move to flyweight happens, Calvillo is confident she could compete with the best fighters at 125 pounds, especially considering who’s already on her resume.
“I beat a bunch of the girls that are flyweights already, that are on my record,” Calvillo explained. “Like Montana De La Rosa, she’s a flyweight. Gillian Robertson, she’s a flyweight. Joanne Calderwood, she’s a flyweight. Poliana [Botelho], she’s a flyweight. So pretty much all the women that I’ve pretty much fought have already kind of gone up so I’m not scared to go to the flyweight division.
“They’re not going to be stronger than me. So we’ll see what happens later on. I might be a flyweight for the next one.”
As much sense as it makes for Calvillo to stop punishing her own body trying to cut down to strawweight, she still wants the chance to compete for that elusive 115-pound title.
Because the strawweight division is more established with a deeper history in the UFC, Calvillo wants that title more than anything else right now. That said, she can’t ignore the problems she’s had getting down to the strawweight limit, especially over her past three fights.
“For me, when I first got into the UFC, I did that fight on 10 days’ notice, but there’s no flyweight division when I got into the UFC. That belt, that strawweight belt, it just means more,” Calvillo said. “It’s deeper, the division, it’s been around longer.
“The flyweight division’s fairly new so it’s like I want that strawweight belt. But if my body doesn’t allow me, that’s fine. I’ll go up to flyweight.”