In a division already in need of contenders for dominant champion Valentina Shevchenko, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event couldn’t have produced a better outcome. Cynthia Calvillo made her official debut at flyweight after moving up a weight class and decisively outworked former title contender Jessica Eye to secure a unanimous decision over five rounds (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) inside the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
The victory instantly announced Calvillo (9-1-1) as a legitimate contender at 125 pounds as she mixed clean striking with four takedowns to remain unbeaten over her last four fights.
“I feel great, especially for putting on a performance like that with a short amount of training,” Calvillo said. “I do understand that we are going through crazy times in this world, so it feels great to be able to do this.
“I knew that it was my first time getting ready for a five-round fight and had to do it in three weeks. I knew it was going to take me a bit to get it going and I needed that first round as a warmup.”
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Eye (15-8, 1 NC), who missed weight by .25 pounds on Friday and subsequently required help walking off of the scale, appeared to control the opening round with clean counter-punching. The naturally bigger fighter as a former bantamweight, Eye quickly lost any momentum she had in Round 2 when Calvillo changed levels brilliantly to score a takedown and soon take Eye’s back in search of a choke.
Calvillo, 32, outlanded Eye by a margin of 137 to 97 over five rounds. But it was the timing of her takedowns that turned this from a close fight to a largely dominant one as Calvillo appeared on the verge of dangerous submission attempts in three of the final four rounds, forcing Eye to fight just to survive.
“I felt great [in the championship rounds],” Calvillo said. “I trained super hard, and when I get bored, I always try to win practice and outwork everyone. This is my first time doing that, and I’m really excited and proud of myself.”
The 33-year-old Eye, who was knocked out by Shevchenko via vicious head kick in their 2019 title bout, fell to 4-2 after moving down to flyweight.
Following the debut win at 125 pounds, Calvillo received an instant callout on social media from former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian and expects to stay active from here on out.
CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday, updating this story with all the results and highlights. You can check out the action from UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo below.
UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo results
- Cynthia Calvillo def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
- Marvin Vettori def. Karl Roberson via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Charles Rosa def. Kevin Aguilar via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Andre Fili def. Charles Jourdain via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jordan Espinosa def. Mark De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Mariya Agapova def. Hannah Cifers via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Merab Dvalishvili def. Gustavo Lopez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
- Julia Avila def. Gina Mazany via first-round TKO (punches)
- Tyson Nam def. Ryan Benoit via first-round TKO (punches)
- Christian Aguilera def. Anthony Ivy via first-round TKO (punches)
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Scorecards: 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 all for Calvillo. Impressive win. Welcome to the division.
They go the distance. 49-46 for Calvillo on my card.
R5: Good takedown late from Calvillo. This has been impressive.
R5: Right hand from Eye. Calvillo continues to answer at all the right times to slow any momentum.
R5: Eye continues to come up short with punches as Calvillo steps away. Good combo inside from Calvillo. Eye is not urgent enough.
R5: Eye is flashing an uppercut for the first time but keeps getting countered with stiff jabs. Eye will need to be much busier than she currently is.
ROUND 5: Eye lets her hands go but eats a hard counter right. Swelling showing on the right eye of Eye.
I’ve got it 39-37 for Calvillo entering the final round.
R4: Good jabs from Calvillo to slow Eye down. Stiff counter from Eye. Give the round to Calvillo as the aggressor, 10-9.
R4: They trade right hands along the cage. Eye wants to counter but Calvillo won’t take the lead. Eye starts to walk her down. Nice right hand from Eye.
R4: Eye stuffs a takedown nicely. She will need to be busy late to take this round.
R4: Eye reverses nicely and gets to her feet with two minutes to go in the round.
R4: Calvillo has the hooks in and is working hard with punches to open up room for the choke.
ROUND 4: Another takedown for Calvillo and she takes Eye’s back with relative ease. Eye has a lot of time she will have to kill if she can’t break free. This is very problematic.
R3: Eye gives up her back to try and stand but Calvillo takes it and leans Eye back. She will run out of time trying a choke as Eye survives for the second straight round. 10-9, Calvillo.
R3: Nice level change leads to a takedown for Calvillo. This could secure the round for her.
R3: They trade clean punches in the center of the cage but Calvillo remains the aggressor who is throwing and landing more.
R3: Good defensive jab from Eye but Calvillo answered clean. She can catch Eye flush whenever she wants.
R3: Calvillo is starting to land clean whenever she wants. Eye is looking a bit weary as she slows down.
R3: Calvillo is really mixing up her striking. She barely misses a spinning backfist. Nice combination upstairs caught Eye flush.
ROUND 3: Calvillo opens with jabs to the body and a left hook upstairs. Eye is looking to counter from distance and she eats a leaping right from Calvillo.
R2: Eye tries to stand but Calvillo is stuck to her. Good punches from behind for Calvillo. Eye is going to try and survive the round. She does. This was all Calvillo, 10-9.
R2: Calvillo really working well on the ground. She’s staying stuck to Eye like glue and is controlling this round as Eye clings to her wrist to avoid the choke.
R2: Calvillo succeeds in applying the backpack but Eye bends over to nearly shake her off. Calvillo hangs on to the back as they grapple on the ground.