Dana White believes he's found the next Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey for UFC
UFC's top prospect Cynthia Calvillo is on an absolute roll
Cynthia Calvillo didn’t get the same treatment a lot of first-time UFC fighters get for their debut in the Octagon. No, she wasn’t relegated to an FS1 or Fight Pass card, Calvillo made her debut on PPV on the main card of UFC 209. While she was scheduled to be on earlier in the card, when Khabib Nurmagomedov was unable to fight in the co-main event, UFC president Dana White decided to bump the unknown talent to the main card. She did not disappoint either, scoring a submission victory over Amanda Cooper in just 100 seconds.
After another win on Saturday at UFC 210 over Pearl Gonzalez, White realizes he has a special talent on his hands.
“The first time I met Conor McGregor, I called Lorenzo [Fertitta] and said ‘Man, I don’t even know if this guy can fight, but if he can throw a punch he’s going to be an [expletive] rock star.’ You know?” White said on Saturday. “Ronda Rousey, I had a 45-minute meeting with her and I decided to do women’s MMA. I feel pretty strongly about this one too. I loved her performance tonight.”
Calvillo (5-0) has absolutely destroyed her opponents so far, scoring four stoppages in her brief professional career, which only began last August. In just nine months, she has started to get some of the hype around her previously seen by Rousey on the women’s side.
“I’ve been working for this for a long time,” Calvillo said. “I knew this day was going to come. I need to take a little bit of time off just to let this all sink in. I haven’t even been a professional for a year.”
It remains to be seen just how high she can climb, but she is certainly turning heads in the 115-pound division and making a name for herself.
“Tonight, she went in there with a bigger, stronger woman with a reach who had a lot of experience and she conducted herself as the badass that she is,” White said. “I’m very impressed with her performance and I’m a fan.”
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