In a surprising turn of events, Cynthia Calvillo's status on the UFC roster has taken an unexpected twist.
Despite earlier reports confirming her departure from the promotion, Calvillo remains firmly in the mix and is set to take on Elise Reed in a highly anticipated bout. The clash between Calvillo and Reed is currently being finalized for the upcoming UFC Fight Night event on September 16th, which coincides with Mexican Independence Day.
This momentous event centered around some of the most formidable Mexican and Mexican American athletes, will unfold at the renowned T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the card will be a sensational rematch between Alexa Grasso and the formidable Valentina Shevchenko.
Sources close to the situation, who requested anonymity as the official announcement is pending have confirmed the news. ESPN Deportes was the first to report this exciting news, sparking a wave of anticipation among fight fans.
For Calvillo, 36, the upcoming fight against Reed presents an opportunity to bounce back from a recent string of setbacks. In her most recent appearance at UFC 287 in April, Calvillo suffered a decision loss to Loopy Godinez, marking her fifth consecutive defeat.
Following the bout, her removal from fan ranking eligibility was detected by the algorithm-based Twitter account UFC Roster Watch. UFC officials subsequently confirmed her release from the promotion. However, circumstances have changed, although the specifics remain undisclosed.
Meanwhile, Reed, 30, has experienced a mixed bag of results since her UFC debut in July 2021. With alternating wins and losses under her belt, she most recently secured a hard-fought victory over Jinh Yu Frey in June, triumphing via unanimous decision. Reed's undeniable potential and desire for continued success make her a formidable opponent for Calvillo.
As the official announcement from the UFC draws near, anticipation is building for this enthralling matchup on Mexican Independence Day. With both fighters hungry for victory, fans can expect an explosive showdown that promises to captivate the audience and solidify the legacy of the victor.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night lineup for Sept. 16 includes:
Champion Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s flyweight title
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Tracy Cortez vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
Chris Curtis vs. Anthony Hernandez
Lupita Godinez vs. Sam Hughes
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Elise Reed
Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda
Stay tuned for further updates as fight night approaches and brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping spectacle on September 16th.