UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo missed weight for her scheduled fight with Poliana Botelho. But that’s not the biggest story of that fight. What’s significant is how Calvillo looked when she showed up to weigh in Friday morning.
Calvillo was shaking, unable to stand straight and couldn’t keep her eyes open as she stripped down and stood on the scale to register two pounds overweight. It was one in a long list of scary weight cuts and weigh-ins since UFC, and most of MMA transitioned to early morning weigh-ins in June 2016.
After recovering somewhat from the cut, Calvillo provided a statement to MMAFighting explaining how she ended up in that condition on Friday morning.
“I started my period this week,” Calvillo told MMAFighting. “We were kind of prepared for it, because we could feel the symptoms, but unfortunately this morning when we got up it was about 5:30 and I had two pounds to go. Then, I couldn’t cut any weight at all from 5:30 to 8 AM. We tried everything and I could not break a sweat. Even when I got up to the scale, I was the same weight that I woke up at 5:30 in the morning.”
Calvillo said the Brazilian commission that is overseeing the card from Argentina forced her to stop her weight cut. The commission also claims they have evaluated Calvillo and cleared her to fight on Saturday.
“They didn’t want to make me suffer more so that I was still able to fight. So, that’s basically what happened.”
Calvillo fights on tonight’s main card set to air on FS1 at 10 PM ET. Check back with MMATorch tonight for full coverage.