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March 13, 2018 Cynthia Calvillo News
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Calvillo has been suspended by nine months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive drug test for marijuana, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
Calvillo has already been suspended six months by the USADA, both suspensions will run concurrently, meaning she will be cleared to return on September 30. Even though her USADA suspension could be reduced to three months, she will still have to serve the entire nine month suspension from the NAC.
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Fantasy AnalysisIf the six-month suspension stands, she will be eligible to fight again in late June. But, that could change to late March if she receives a reduced suspension. That said, she still could be hit with further sanctions via the Nevada State Athletic Commission considering the fight occurred in Las Vegas.
Fantasy AnalysisThe positive test for marijuana metabolites comes from an in-competition sample taken prior to her Dec. 30 showdown against Carla Esparza at UFC 219, which resulted in Calvillo's first career loss. It's unclear what punishment she will face at this time, if any, but there should be an update regarding her status in the near future. Calvillo is currently serving a 180-day medical suspension stemming from her loss to Esparza.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo suffered her first career defeat last weekend in Las Vegas, falling via unanimous decision to Esparza. The Nevada Athletic Commission released the medical suspension report Wednesday, citing Calvillo's potentially injured left hand, which she will be forced to seek clearance on before returning to the arena. If the injury is not cleared, she will be sidelined until the end of June.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo looked like she was on here way to an easy victory after dominating Round 1 before Esparza managed to turn the tables on her. Calvillo had a particularly difficult time when the two women spent an extended period of time on the feet. Calvillo has limited professional experience and it showed on Saturday. She simply didn't do enough offensively in Rounds 2 and 3 to earn the judge's decision. Although undefeated prior to Saturday's setback, Calvillo never gave off the impression that she was a potential title contender. She's an above average strawweight, but little more.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo has won all six of her professional bouts, three of them being in the UFC. Her last win was against Joanne Calderwood by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 113. Her other two UFC fights were won by submission. The up-and-comer will now face a former strawweight champion, Esparza, who employs a strategy of getting a high volume of take downs to maintain control and get ahead on the scorecards.
Fantasy AnalysisFor fans and supporters of Calvillo, this was a very hard fight to watch. She had a clear and present advantage on the ground. At the end of the first and third rounds, she was able to land a quick takedown and nearly finish via submission before the bell. However, other than those two occasions, she did virtually nothing besides bounce around on the outside. It appeared as if Calvillo would have easily finished if she truly committed to the takedown. In the end, she took the decision and will continue to move forward as a prospect.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo joined the UFC in March 2017 and has already racked up two wins, both gained with a rear-naked choke submission. She has a 5-0 record that doesn't show her to prefer a wrestling style over stand-up fighting, but from a small statistical sampling, she has a 100 percent takedown accuracy with 1.76 takedowns landed every 15 minutes. This should come in handy against Joanne Calderwood, who appears to be more of a striker.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo now has back-to-back wins in her first two UFC fights in a span of 35 days. That's the good news. The bad news is that the competition has been exceedingly poor. Calvillo is strong, and she's definitely tough, but she doesn't appear to have the skills of a top strawweight. Granted, we won't know that for sure until she is in the cage with better fighters. Team Alpha Male is very high on her.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo's opponent was originally pulled from the card after weigh-ins due to a violation of NYSAC rules, but the commission reconsidered and allowed the fight to go on as planned. The 29-year-old, Team Alpha Male product is 1-0 in the UFC, and had been the betting favorite prior to all of Friday's chaotic events.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough Calvillo's opponent was medically cleared beforehand to fight, Gonzalez was ultimately a late removal due to an old rule in the state of New York. With the scheduled fight just over 24 hours away, there won't be time to schedule a replacement opponent.
Fantasy AnalysisCalvillo made her professional debut seven months ago and on Saturday she earned the win on the main card of a UFC pay-per-view. The finish was beautiful, as was her positioning on the ground, but there is a high likelihood, like 75%-plus, that Calvillo's strong effort was simply the result of facing a terrible opponent, but we won't know that until her next performance. It's hard to foresee big things from a fighter who is already 29-years-old and has just four pro fights under her belt. She is getting elite training every day at Team Alpha Male, however.