Cynthia Calvillo rips former teammate Paige VanZant for ‘bullcrap’ Instagram callout

Cynthia Calvillo was one of many strawweight and flyweight fighters to be called out in a recent Instagram post from Paige VanZant. She didn’t appreciate this move from her former Team Alpha Male teammate — especially when VanZant deleted her replies.

“Normally when it comes to Paige, I feel like I just roll my eyes because it’s like whatever,” Calvillo explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I know her, I know who she is, I know what she’s all about. We actually lived together for a little bit. I know her very, very well. For me, I personally do not care. I don’t care what she does. We’re on two different paths when it comes to fighting but she did put me in that list of fighters.

“I know she was just trying to take a jab at Maycee [Barber]  what I did not like myself is that she had a lot of fighters that she tagged reply to her post and she would reply to them and acknowledge them. If I would reply to it, she would just delete it and I was like why are you doing that? It’s really annoying.”

That’s not the only gripe Calvillo has with VanZant, either. She simply doesn’t think her former teammate a good fighter.

“For me, I really don’t care. I just don’t think that she’s a good fighter. I really don’t respect her too much as a real martial artist. I don’t hate on anyone for how they want to become successful and what she wants to do or how she wants to get it done, all on her, nothing against me, but if she starts including me and putting my name in her mouth?” Calvillo said. “We’re on two different paths. I want to be a world champion. I want to be the best.

“She’s not in my concern in any kind of way. I don’t feel like me beating her would mean anything but I did [find it] bothersome with her calling me out and just deleting my replies. I feel like that’s more disrespectful. She would say it’s a respectable call out but yet delete replies. It was a lot of bullcrap.”

What do you think of these comments from Cynthia Calvillo?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 12/3/2019. 

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Paige VanZant Returns, Draws Amanda Ribas At UFC Fight Night Brasilia

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Paige VanZant will make her Octagon return at UFC Fight Night Brasilia on March 14th., as she draws exciting prospect, Amanda Ribas ahead of the final fight of her current UFC contract. The popular strawweight striker required multiple surgeries on a fractured right forearm after her return the win column via a second round armbar victory over Rachael Ostovich recently, while Brazilian grappler Ribas, handed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu talent, Mackenzie Dern her first professional defeat at UFC Fight Night Tampa as she moved to 2-0 in the promotion via a unanimous decision triumph. The news of the pairing was first reported by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz late last night.

Paige VanZant, 25, snapped a two fight skid in January, following two losses to Jessica Rose-Clark and Michelle Waterson. The Oregon youngster has openly spoken of her future in the promotion and how the next fight will be the final bout on her contract The Dancing with the Stars feature was briefly linked to a pairing with the undefeated finisher Maycee Barber, with the 21-year-old instead pitted against inaugural flyweight title challenger and sport veteran Roxanne Modafferi on January 18th.

VanZant made a blistering start to her Octagon career, grabbing three straight victories over Kailin Curran, Felice Herrig and Alex Chambers before a submission defeat to future strawweight best, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas. The former Team Alpha MMA trainee then returned from the small screen with a highlight reel switch-kick knockout of ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings.

It’s a return to native roots for the exciting challenger Ribas, who’s star rocketed considerably after her three round affair and victory over the previously mentioned Dern. The Minas Gerais native made a successful Octagon bow in June this year, grabbing a rear-naked choke finish over Emily Whitmire, and with her victory over Dern, moved to 7-1 as a professional.

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Report: Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas in the works for UFC Brasilia

The UFC looks to be heading to Brazil in March and a pivotal women’s bout between Paige VanZant and the surging contender Amanda Ribas is in the works.

According to a report from MMA Fighting, VanZant will face Ribas in Brasiia, Brazil on March 14. It will be the final fight on VanZant’s UFC contract before presumably testing the free agent market.

The 25-year-old VanZant will return to the Octagon for the first time in, what will end up being, 14 months. “12 Gauge” is coming off of a second-round submission win over Rachel Ostovich at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January, snapping a two-fight losing streak in the process. VanZant has seemingly recovered from multiple surgeries to repair a fractured forearm and will have a tough task ahead of her in enemy territory.

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Paige VanZant was called out multiple times by women’s flyweight standout Maycee Barber but would disregard the requests. Instead, VanZant ended up calling out almost every woman on the flyweight and strawweight rosters besides Barber, who now faces Roxanne Modafferi Jan. 18 in Las Vegas.

Ribas has won three straight, and eight out of nine as she gets to face another big name in women’s MMA in her home country. The 28-year-old made her promotional debut at UFC on ESPN 3 in June after missing over three years of action, finishing Emily Whitmire via rear naked choke in the second round. Ribas would face the returning Mackenzie Dern at UFC Tampa in October and handed the jiu-jitsu standout the first loss of her career with an impressive unanimous decision win. The lone loss of Ribas’ career came via a 2015 knockout at the hands of fellow UFC fighter Polyana Viana in the Jungle Fights promotion.

Ribas was suspended by USADA in 2017 for a positive drug test and would have the two-year ban terminated due to evidence of a contaminated substance.

Who takes it between Paige VanZant and Amanda Ribas at UFC Brasilia?

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Paige VanZant returns to strawweight, meets Amanda Ribas at UFC’s March 14 event in Brazil

Paige VanZant will return to the strawweight division for the final fight on her current UFC contract.

VanZant (8-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is slated to meet Amanda Ribas (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at an unannounced UFC event on March 14 in Brasilia, Brazil. Contracts have not been signed, but MMA Junkie verified verbal agreements are in place for the contest following an initial report from MMA Fighting.

VanZant, 25, hasn’t fought since January, when she earned a submission win over Rachael Ostovich at UFC on ESPN+ 1. She suffered another break to her arm in the fight, an injury which has recurred over the past several years.

The win over Ostovich marked VanZant’s debut in the women’s flyweight division. She’s opted to drop back down, though, to close out her UFC deal. VanZant has been vocal that she intends to explore free agency and discover her value on the open market.

Ribas, 26, will attempt to send “12 Gauge” out on a loss. The Brazilian has impressed in her two UFC appearances thus far, with her unanimous decision win over Mackenzie Dern at UFC on ESPN+ 19 in October being her most notable victory to date.

Maycee Barber: Paige VanZant turned me down, but Roxanne Modafferi way better anyway

Maycee Barber wanted to fight Paige VanZant.

According to Barber, however, the same can’t be said the other way around. After multiple callouts of VanZant, Barber is set to take on Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 246 on Jan. 18.

In an interview with Submission Radio, Barber (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) revealed the fight was offered to VanZant (8-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who turned it down. Barber claims VanZant wants to fight at 115 pounds and needs more time to prepare.

“They offered it to Paige at 125, (and) she said no,” Barber said. “From what I heard, she said she wanted a fight at 115, but she would need more time. So, as far as I know, it’s offered to her at 125 when she wants to take the fight at 125. And other than that, it’s kind of like, I’m just gonna keep doing what I do with my career, and when she decides to fight, we’ll fight.”

Is Barber disappointed she won’t be facing VanZant? Not really. Barber said VanZant would just be an added “bonus” to her resume of work.

“My career will be successful no matter what, if I beat her up or not,” Barber said. “That was kind of like a bonus – like, beat her up and prove a point. But that’s it.”

Additionally, Barber compared VanZant and Modafferi (23-16 MMA, 2-4 UFC). She said she views Modafferi as a more challenging matchup and criticized VanZant’s evolution (or lack thereof) as a fighter.

“Roxanne is way better of a fighter than Paige VanZant,” Barber said. “And there’s a lot of women out there who are a tougher fight. Paige VanZant just did the marketing well, and that was because the UFC got behind her on that.

“But like I’ve said multiple times, she didn’t hold up her end of the deal and she didn’t continue to progress as a fighter, she just continued to progress on the more marketing and media side of that. So, yeah, there’s a lot more girls that had been working there their butts off a lot more than Paige has.”

Barber’s tune when speaking on VanZant compared to Modafferi was night and day. Barber voiced her respect for one of the most experienced fighters in the history of women’s MMA. She sees the fight as a passing of the guard, of sorts.

“(Roxanne’s) been there so long within the sport,” Barber said. “She has so many fights. She has like 39 fights. And I don’t know if that includes her amateur career or not. She’s been around for a lot of fights and through a lot of the women in MMA. So, it’s really a very historic fight for us. Because we’re taking someone who has pretty much gone and done and seen it all, and then you have someone who’s been working their whole life just to be where they are right now.

“And I’m super young and super new in my career. So you kind of have the new and the old, and I think people are gonna be shocked. They expect, like, oh, you’re fighting her and she’s got so much experience over you. But what they don’t realize is that I’ve been working my whole life, and I’m 21, but that’s like 17 years of work that I’ve put into this.”

Paige VanZant names 18 rivals who are willing to fight her, demands fight from UFC

Paige VanZant wants a fight.

Over the last few days, the fan favorite flyweight has made it clear that she’s willing to compete against pretty much anyone, be it in the flyweight division or at strawweight.

In a multi-part post to her Instagram story, Paige VanZant sent a message to the UFC, claiming that 18 fighters have accepted her recent callouts, and imploring the promotion to match her up with one of them.

“Hey UFC, all of these fighters agreed to fight me, I accept all of them,” VanZant wrote. “I am healthy and ready to fight!”

VanZant then shared screenshots of the following fighters’ Instagram profiles, all of whom she says have expressed a willingness to fight her: Miranda Granger, Antonina Shevchenko, Emily Whitmire, Andrea Lee, Montana De La Rosa, Lauren Mueller, Shana Dobson, Veronica Macedo, Alexa Grasso, Diana Belbiţă, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Wu Yanan, Angela Hill, Poliana Botelho, Molly McCann, Jodie Esquibel, and Nadia Kassem.

VanZant has not fought since January, when she defeated Rachael Ostovich with a second-round armbar. Her next most recent fights occurred all the way back in January, 2018, and December, 2016.

While some of her absences have been due to obligations outside the cage, such as a stint on Dancing with the Stars, she’s also been sidelined by an unfortunate string of injuries, particularly to her arm. That said, VanZant is now healthy and ready to fight, and would seem to have a long list of viable opponents available across two weight classes.

It’s worth noting, of course, that her next fight will be the final fight on her current UFC contract, and that she plans to test free agency thereafter.

Here’s hoping the UFC heeds this call and gives Paige VanZant a fight soon.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/30/2019. 

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