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Cynthia Calvillo: I expect ‘toughest fight of my life’ at UFC Argentina

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UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo is ready to get back in the win column at UFC Argentina.

Scheduled for a bout against rising striker Poliana Botelho, the Team Alpha Male athlete tells Ag Fight she expects the hardest fight of her career, which even involves a match against former champion Carla Esparza.

“In my last fight (against Esparza), we expected the fight to go a different way,” Calvillo said. “So our only focus now is to win. I’ll be ready for everything she tries to do. To me, every upcoming fight is the toughest one. I know she (Botelho) is really tough, but I’m expecting the toughest of my life, we’re ready for everything. We’re studying, if we have to take the fight to the ground, or whatever, we will be ready for it. “

A classic battle of striker against grappler, the match-up reads like a struggle between Calvillo trying to take the fight to the ground while Botelho will try and keep it standing. Although the Brazilian managed to score all but one of her wins by way of knockout, Cynthia feels confident she can dictate the pace of the duel.

“About Poliana, I know she’s a warrior,” Calvillo said. “I know she’s tough. She likes to knock out her opponents, she likes to move forward, so I must be ready for that, as well. I’m sure she will be ready for me, too. She knows I’m a good grappler, I come from a famous wrestling team, I have great coaches. I have to make sure to work on my offense, but also on my defense. I have to be ready for everything, especially her charges.”

Cynthia Calvillo is expected to take on Poliana Botelho at UFC Fight Night 140, on November 17, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The card will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio.


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