With Brianna Fortino out of a planned strawweight bout on June 4, Cynthia Calvillo is sticking with the flyweight division — and has a new opponent roughly a month after her originally planned return.
Calvillo (9-4-1) is set to face Nina Nunes (10-7) at the UFC’s July 9, 2022 event. Cageside Press confirmed the booking Thursday, following an initial report by ESPN.
The fight will mark the debut of Nina Nunes (nee Ansaroff) in the women’s flyweight division in the UFC. Prior to joining the promotion, she had competed at 125lbs under the Invicta FC banner.
Nunes has lost her last two fights, most recently finding herself submitted by Mackzenie Dern a year ago. Prior to that loss, she’d take time off to give birth to her daughter.
Calvillo has lost her last three bouts, to Katlyn Chookagian, Jessica Andrade, and KGB Lee. The Lee fight saw her corner throw in the towel after the second round.
Three misses at the scale preceded Calvillo’s move to flyweight, where she won her first bout against Jessica Eye before hitting her current skid. Nunes’ history as a strawweight may have helped with the decision to stick around 125 pounds a little longer.
The UFC’s July 9, 2022 event does not yet have a venue, location, or broadcast plan announced. Reported for the card thus far are the following bouts:
- Ronnie Lawrence vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov
- Nina Nunes vs. Cynthia Calvillo
- Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey