McGuire: UFC 209— LFA’s Calvillo Successful in UFC Debut

The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is the premier developmental organization in MMA.

Related: LFA Has First UFC Signing

Whether it was just being a UFC rookie making her debut or being a part of the female roster in a male-dominated sport (as International Women’s Day approaches) Cynthia Calvio looked like she had something to prove on Saturday night.

The first signee from the LFA farm team-type system didn’t even need five minutes to send her message: She belongs in the UFC.

The LFA 1 veteran and Team Alpha Male product took out boxer and The Ultimate Fighter 23 finalist, Amanda Bobby “ABC” Copper. This was the first time either fighter had been featured on pay-per-view.

Round 1

The seven-month pro went 7-1 as an amateur per Tapology.com and entered the UFC at 3-0 with two finishes, the most recent being her LFA 1 TKO of Montana Stewert. Cooper last defeated Anna Elmose in November by unanimous decision.

Calvillo is bouncing on her feet and quickly moves into position for a left cross-right elbow. Both are trying to stick and move. Cooper rips off a right hand down the middle but takes an audible, slapping leg kick. “ABC” looks for a body kick and is forced downward when Calvillo grabs her limb. They stand after a fruitless period in north-south.

Cooper later gets a double-leg takedown but Calvillo rolls with the move seamlessly. Now in control, she looks for an anaconda choke. She eventually loses the position, however, it’s an easy transition for her to Cooper’s back where she then gets the tap-out.

Cynthia Calvillo def. Amanda Copper via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:19 of Round 1

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