It’s not just like the 30-yr-previous has accomplished something improper. However Workforce Alpha Male coach Justin Buchholz does need his fighter to take a bit of break after a busy schedule that may have seen her struggle six bouts in a yr’s time by the point the Calderwood bout is over.
These six bouts represent Calvillo’s complete professional MMA profession, a whirlwind journey that has taken her from her professional debut to the No. 14 spot within the one hundred fifteen-pound rankings.
“It’s principally simply go, go, go,” she stated. “I’m working, it’s a job for me, however I all the time knew I used to be going to get to this degree and I belong on the prime. I take pleasure in doing this, so I’m excited, however I all the time knew I used to be going to be right here.”
Calvillo was one of many sport’s prime prospects as an novice, as she went 5-1 with three finishes from 2012 to 2014. Then catastrophe struck when she broke her forearm 3 times over the subsequent yr. After the ultimate break in August 2015, she determined to take the right time to heal, and in August of final yr she made her professional debut. Three wins later, Calvillo was within the UFC, and in March and April of this yr, she soared to 2-zero within the Octagon with submissions of Amanda Cooper and Pearl Gonzalez.
That brings us to the No. eight-ranked Calderwood, and Calvillo nonetheless doesn’t plan on taking a lot time without work earlier than her subsequent battle.
“If I come out good out of this subsequent battle, I’m taking a look at October-November,” she stated. “I need to hold it going and I need to take the alternatives as a result of there’s no such factor as the right time. Accidents come and I needed to sit out for nearly three years and simply watch everyone go on the market and do that whereas I couldn’t do it. It was so onerous and I hated it. So so long as I’m wholesome, I’m gonna hold coaching, hold preventing and I’m gonna turn out to be a world champion. I’m not taking this as a right by any means.”
On the price she’s going, Calvillo is perhaps preventing for that world title sooner, relatively than later. And yeah, she’s obtained that title struggle mapped out already.
“I’m considering subsequent yr,” she stated. “The best way issues are wanting and the best way I hold working, so long as I keep damage free and wholesome and maintain getting these wins, I’m considering subsequent yr we will have that battle on Worldwide Battle Week.”
Her sort of schedule makes Donald Cerrone seem like a slacker, and the great half is that the ever-smiling Californian looks like she’s having fun with each second of this time.
“My jiu-jitsu coach Fabio (Prado) all the time says, ‘Take pleasure in life,’” Calvillo stated. “You’re employed so onerous and the day has lastly come the place you possibly can showcase all of the progress you made out of all of the onerous work you set in, and you may’t take it as a right. I’m blessed and to have the ability to do one thing like this, it’s superb. I’ve to reside within the second and I’ve to take pleasure in it.
“It’s exceeded my expectations so far as how briskly every part has been shifting and the place that I’ve been put in on the quick monitor,” she continues. “I’ve a journal that I write in, and it’s loopy how briskly I went by means of all of the objectives that I set and needed to perform this yr. It’s been nice, I’m embracing it, and it’s been a tremendous journey, however I’m targeted and able to maintain it going. I do know that is the place I belong and what I’m imagined to do.”
However what about that month-lengthy ban from the health club?
“I advised myself after this struggle I’m simply gonna do a month of yoga.”