Cynthia Calvillo holds off surging Cortney Casey

Cynthia Calvillo controlled the majority of the fifteen-minute duration, but not without holding off surging Cortney Casey in the third.

Cortney Casey defeated Cynthia Calvillo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) on the main card of UFC Phoenix on Feb. 17, 2019, live from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

Calvillo stretches her win streak to two in this 115-pound division, stifling Casey from achieving the same.

“I got love for you girl, but I would love to fight Tatiana Suarez next,” Calvillo said during his post-fight interview.

Here’s how the fight played out.

Round 1

High stakes in the strawweight division face these two ladies in this fight, and Cortney Casey will take the center as Cynthia Calvillo circle around stalking her pray. Calvillo crashes in with a looping overhand right, only to be countered by Casey before standing back to exchange low kicks at range.  Halfway through the opening round as Calvillo continues to feint and circle in an effort to find her opportunity. Casey is caught with a left hand as Calvillo tries to come in, and takes a bit of a stumble to the canvas shortly thereafter. Calvillo ponders coming over her legs in an attempt to fall into side control, but thinks better of it and lets Casey back to her feet. Another right hand, from range, lands clean from Calvillo.

Round 2

Round two starts with the left hook becoming the new weapon of choice for Calvillo. Calvillo lands another outside leg kick, as she’s landed more than twice the amount that Cortney Casey has. Calvillo uses a creative entry method to try to score a single leg, but Casey fends it off well. Calvillo comes in close once again, this time to clinch in an effort to get the body lock on Casey. Calvillo looks to be using the position as a precursor to bigger and better things here, but loses her grip on Casey. 90 seconds left to tick away in the second round, and Calvillo has laregly been in control throughout most of the fight. This time a leg kick from Cortney Casey buckles the lead leg of Cynthia Calvillo, and that one noticeably bothered Calvillo. Something’s definitely wrong with Calvillo’s left leg as she tries her best to disguise it, but the arena rises to their feet in an effort to get behind Arizona’s own Cortney Casey. Horn sounds for round two.

Round 3

The final round of this high-stakes matchup at 115 pounds begins with Calvillo out from her corner in the orthodox stance instead of southpaw. Clearly Calvillo’s leg, and the leg kick Casey landed to her leg for that matter, have both become key parts of the narrative in this fight. Casey senses the Sacramento product Calvillo is in trouble with her leg, and she’s marching forward because of it. Casey’s aggression has certainly been kicked up a notch, on this final round as she’s landing solid shots and parts of combinations on Calvillo. Calvillo’s biggest enemy might be the clock, as she continues to fend off the on charging Casey on what appears to be one leg. 10 seconds to go, as two strawweights plant their respective feet in the center of the octagon to throw in each other’s direction. These two will slug it out all the way to the final horn, in a very close fight between these two strawweights.

UFC Phoenix took place on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, live from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Keep it locked right here as FanSided will have live results, news, and highlights leading all the way up to the headliner between Cain Velasquez Francis Ngannou.

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