ByJim Edwards, writer at
MMA story chaser from the UK
Jim Edwards

With two fights, two wins and two submissions, very few fighters can claim they’ve made the impact that has since making her debut in March.

Having defeated at , Calvillo went on to beat Pearl Gonzalez just over one month later at UFC 210 in Buffalo. Having impressed the UFC bosses with her performances, Calvillo now finds herself in the co-main event of , taking place on July 16. Speaking earlier this week to, Calvillo explained how the fight came together.

“I spoke to Dana [White] and I told him that I wanted a fight on the July 29 fight card—that would’ve been awesome because it’s California and I’m from around there,” Calvillo said. “He said he’d work on it, but then he came back to me and said, ‘Hey you’re ranked 15 now, what do you think about fighting Joanne Calderwood who is ranked number seven?’ It was just an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’ve been taking every opportunity so far, jumping in at 209 and then again at 210. I’ve not even been a pro for a year, and now I could go from an unranked fighting to cracking the top ten in like less than six months. I just want to keep the momentum going and it was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.”

Calderwood walks into the bout with two wins in her last three fights. Having fought in the UFC’s 115-pounds division since it started, Calvillo knows the Scot will pose a tough task for her.

“She’s a good striker and I think she’s improved her grappling as well,” Calvillo said. “But, you know, I feel I’ve got my own strong points. I think I’ve shown already that I have very good grappling and that I’m dangerous when the fight hits the mat. I think I’ve also got good striking too, but I think I’ve yet to show my best there. I think it’s a really balanced fight and I’m looking forward to showing that I’m going to be the one coming out on top.”

While Calvillo is aware of the threat Calderwood poses, she won’t be walking into the Octagon intimidated. The Team Alpha Male member believes she’s only getting better and that she will continue to show the improvements she’s making in every fight.

“I’m just going to go out there and fight my own fight,” Calvillo said. “I’ve been winning by submission recently, but that’s not been necessarily because I’ve been the one pushing it to the ground—it’s just been the case that my opponents have been the ones trying to take me down. I feel like I’m a complete martial artist and the world has barely seen 10-percent of me. The more and more fights you get, I feel the more comfortable you get. I think people have just seen such a small portion of what I can do. I’ve got so much more and I can’t wait to show it my next few fights.”

The crowd in Scotland will provide strong support for Calderwood and all of the other Scottish fighters on the card. Calvillo is well aware she will be public enemy number one and says she will be prepared for it.

“I heard it’s going to be crazy and I’m expecting that the crowd are going to be supporting her,” Calvillo said. “For me, that just makes it all that much more exciting. I love fighting, so where I do it—whether it’s my home crowd or their home crowd, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not going to change the outcome. I love this and I don’t see it as a problem.”

Calvillo expects to be walking to the SSE Hydro Arena with boos in her ears, but by the time the fight is said and done, she’s hoping that the crowd in Glasgow will recognise her skills.

“I hope people leave with the impression that I’m a strong fighter,” Calvillo said. “She fights a good fight when she’s at home, but I’m a good fighter period. People are going to find that out. I always say I’m not going to sit here and trying and convince you with my words how good I am. You’re going to find out one way or another when we fight it out.”

takes place on July 16. In the main event, Gunnar Nelson takes on Santiago Ponzinibbio.


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