Cynthia Calvillo is an American mixed martial artist of Mexican descent who fights in the strawweight class as part of the promotion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Brazilian fighter in Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and Muay Thai style is known for her aggressiveness, which has made her a force to be reckoned with in this sport.
Cynthia Calvillo was born on July 13, 1987, in San José, California, USA, to Mexican immigrant parents. As a child, Calvillo showed great interest in sports, as she always played American football on the field or on concrete in the streets with her brothers and neighbors. She described herself as a tomboy because she never liked anything girly and was always ready to fight anyone who challenged her.
Calvillo had imagined taking on a different role in life, but she found herself training as an MMA fighter at the age of 23 after falling in love while watching the sport. It took her two years to learn the basics of the sport when she made her amateur debut in February 2012 against Stefanie Harrison, who knocked her out in the first round. A few months later, the pair clashed again and Calvillo won the first round again by a technical knockout.
Between 2012 and 2014, Cynthia Calvillo achieved an impressive 5-1 amateur record, which led her to become a professional. However, her transition to professional mixed martial arts fighting was put on hold for several years after she broke her forearm in the same place on three different occasions. Calvillo blamed the repeated injuries on not having good insurance and the best doctors to advise and guide her because she always had an early comeback that always made the injury worse.
By 2016, Calvillo had fully recovered and made a brilliant start to her professional fighting career, scoring three wins in five months against Jessica Sanchez-Birch, Gillian Robertson, and Montana De La Rosa. Her performances caught the attention of the UFC, which offered her the chance to fight Amanda Cooper in UFC 209 within ten days. Calvillo accepted the offer and made her UFC bow, which she celebrated by defeating Cooper in the first round by submission.
Her highly successful UFC debut then earned her a spot on the UFC 210 main map against Pearl Gonzalez, who she defeated naked from behind with a choke submission. Her next fight was against Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 113, which was marred by Calderwood’s weight problems, but the fighters continued to fight, with Calvillo emerging as the winner. The champion felt untouchable thanks to her unbeaten record, but she was soon brought back down to earth in her next fight against Carla Esparza. She lost it by a narrow margin by unanimous decision.
Cynthia Calvillo’s Family
There is not much information about Cynthia Calvillo’s family except that she was raised by her Mexican immigrant parents, Toribio and Maria Calvillo, together with her brothers. There is also not much information about their marriage. Calvillo has revealed that she was married at the age of 19 but divorced at 23.
The net assets of Cynthia Calvillo are estimated at approximately $700,000. Born in San Jose, California, and named Newcomer of the Year 2017 by MMAjunkie.com, Cynthia Calvillo has been able to earn most of her money through salaries and sponsorship contracts. This number is expected to increase in the coming years as Calvillo continues to build on her impressive record.
In December 2017, Cynthia Calvillo was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for nine months and by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for another six months after testing positive for carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a marijuana metabolite, prior to her fight with Carla Esparza on December 30. Due to the suspension, Calvillo, who holds a medical marijuana card in California, where the drug is legal for both medical and recreational purposes, lost her sponsorship of the sports drink Body Armor.
Height and Weight
Cynthia Calvillo is 163 cm (5 feet 4 inches) tall. The straw-weight divisional fighter, who has a range of 65 inches (165 cm), also weighs 115 pounds (52 kg).