Cynthia Calvillo vs Marina Rodriguez: A Fight to Cement the Future
By James Lee
The co main event of UFC Washington D.C. is going under deservedly under the radar.
All attention is lying on heavyweight clashes, but the co-feature arguably has the biggest stakes and ramifications for their respective division.
Cynthia Calvillo vs Marina Rodriguez is exactly a fight the UFC plead for.
Two females with just one loss between them, looking to establish themselves amongst the 115 lbs best.
The strawweight division has grown into one of the sport’s strongest in the past few years with the continuing cycle of title changes from Joanna Jedrzejczyk to Weili Zhang.
The division has fifteen strong contenders, but Rodriguez and Calvillo are closing in on those at the top. With Calvillo at #10 and Rodriguez at #9, the winner should likely earn themselves a title contender fight.
For years, Calvillo has been somebody the UFC have tried to push and she has succeeded, despite a slight blip against Carla Esparza.
Wins against Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey have set her back on the right track and Saturday gives her the chance to reignite her flame towards UFC gold that has been tracked for her since her debut in March 2017.
Rodriguez is on her own path however. Wanting to evade a first professional defeat whilst searching to become just the second undefeated strawweight champion in history.
The fight is one to watch out for. Two of the rising fighters in the world, looking to stop the progression of one another. A rarity in fighting sports.