Cynthia Calvillo has got the attention of Flyweight division.
The division debutant outclassed #1 ranked Jessica Eye at UFC Fight Night Vegas 2 on Saturday night, winning a clear unanimous decision. The performance has given the UFC a new contender in the weight class dominated by Valentina Shevchenko and fans seem to be more excited about it.
That didn’t stop former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian from opening the door to a future bout with Calvillo.
Chookagian (13-3) bounced back from her loss to ‘Bullet’ by dismantling that Champion’s sister Antonina Shevchenko in her very next bout and is now on the look-out for fresh meat.
‘Blond Fighter’ sent out a tweet before Calvillo had even left the Octagon, suggesting she was ready to fight her next up if everyone was willing.
Calvillo accepted the fight immediately in her post-fight interview with Paul Felder, stating that he’s ready for anyone and everyone.
This got fellow pros talking, with Strawweight Tatiana Suarez chiming in on Twitter too giving her approval for the potential match-up.
During the post-fight press conference Calvillo doubled down on her acceptance of Chookagian’s challenge, saying “whoever, whenever” when asked again.
A fight between the two would definitely add a lot more weight to the Flyweight division, with fights of an immediate title shot for Calvillo far too premature in my opinion. Joanne Calderwood was scheduled to be next in line before the global pandemic and injury to Shevchenko.
She shouldn’t miss out on that title shot because a performance from a new contender, irrespective of how impressive it was.
The UFC should look to build Calvillo into a real challenger for Shevchenko if the believe she can be that. A fight with Katlyn Chookagian is probably the best way to go from here.