Cynthia Calvillo is back in action after an extended layoff when she faces Poliana Botelho at UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires.
The suspended fighter had no problem dealing with USADA for her suspension for a failed drug test, it was the Nevada State Athletic Commission that gave Calvillo the biggest problems.
“USADA was actually pretty good, when it first happened…of course you have to follow the rules…you know, whatever happened with the testing. They had actually originally given me six months with the ability of being able to reduce the time in three months, so I would have been ready to go…it was more of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that came in with more of a longer term. That really sucked, just because I know that the Nevada State Commission already had legalized it there and they use it for recreation. I know that there are a lot of…the head chairman of the Nevada State Commission makes a ton of money off of the cannabis business, it just really sucked that they ended up giving me nine months. Especially when, if given other athletes, even after me, only six months for the same thing,” says Calvillo in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Calvillo is back in action for the first time in almost a year at UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires, as her last bout took place at UFC 219 in December of 2017.
It has been a rough 2018 in some way for Calvillo, who in the end, is simply just happy to be fighting again.
“Honestly, anything can happen. I’m going to go in there and make the adjustments in there, but I’m definitely going to get the finish. Whatever comes…whatever she gives me, I’m open and I’m really excited about this fight. I’m just happy to get back in there, I think I’m going to be able to showcase a lot of good things and I’m just one set of plans that I feel like I did in the last fight. So I’m excited to just get in there and have fun again, I think if anybody ever notices…my first couple of fights, I’m coming out there and really smiling and I’m excited. This last one (at UFC 219), I came out with the meanest mean mug ever and the next thing I know is I’m going to get this girls head off. I’m just going to go out there and perform, I’ve been putting in a ton of work and I’m really confident and whatever happens in that cage…I’m going to be prepared for it,” says Calvillo.
UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires takes place on Saturday, November 17 from Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.