Cynthia Calvillo versus Carla Esparza
The UFC women’s strawweight division becomes more and more stacked with every passing day, and UFC 219’s Calvillo versus Esparza match serves as proof of the point.
Esparza, in addition to being a wrestling expert, is the former UFC Strawweight Champion and the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20. Her grappling is accordingly excellent, but in recent bouts she has shown-off impressive striking skills as well.
She’ll need to put all these new skills to use to come out ahead against Cynthia Calvillo, an undefeated martial artist and Team Alpha Male product. Calvillo is three-and-zero inside the Octagon, with two of these victories having been earned before the final bell. She may very well be the next strawweight star, and we’ll find out one way or the other when she battles Esparza.
Look for Carla to hunt for the takedown and for Calvillo to implement her phenomenal BJJ skills while defending these attempts and searching for submissions.
Official Prediction: Cynthia Calvillo def. Carla Esparza via Guillotine Choke, Round 2