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UFC 266 results: Jessica Andrade unleashes blistering barrage of strikes to finish Cynthia Calvillo

UFC 266: Andrade v Calvillo Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

A loss to flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko only seemed to motivate Jessica Andrade as she came out guns blazing in her fight against Cynthia Calvillo on the UFC 266 main card.

From the first second of the fight until the last, Andrade was launching huge punches at Calvillo in an attempt to earn the finish. The end came just before the close of the opening round after Andrade blasted Calvillo with a huge uppercut followed by a rapid-fire series of punches that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.

The end came at 4:54 in the first round.

“I’m very happy,” Andrade said after her win. “It was a great opportunity to fight Cynthia. I knew the boxing was going to be the focus. Dana [White], I want to fight Rose Namajunas-[Zhang Weili]. Bring them on.”

Never one to give her opponent any space to operate, Andrade was quick to close the distance and push Calvillo towards the cage while picking and choosing her punches. While Calvillo managed to land a few shots, Andrade countered with some serious power behind her strikes.

Andrade was just constantly pursuing Calvillo and showing no fear of reprisal while throwing her combinations. While Calvillo was circling and trying to stay away from Andrade’s powerful shots, she just couldn’t avoid it forever because she eventually had to stop long enough to return fire.

Those openings allowed Andrade to just unleash a blistering series of strikes in succession including a huge left uppercut that rattled Calvillo and sent her back towards the cage.

With her opponent stunned, Andrade followed up a barrage of shots and Calvillo could only turn her head away to cover up, which led to the stoppage before the first round came to a close.

While the remains the top ranked challenger in the flyweight division, it appears Andrade is considering a move back to her old stomping ground at 115 pounds after calling out the winner of the upcoming strawweight title fight between Namajunas and Zhang.