UFC Fight Night was announced, and around the world collectively scratched their heads. A UFC card main event by Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo…in the middle of a pandemic? Who asked for that? Neither fighter is much of a fan favorite and don’t have the drawing power that the most recent main eventers have had.
But then I saw some of the Fight Island fights announced yesterday and it all made sense. This card has to take one for the team so the UFC can stack the FI cards. I’m ok with that. After a closer look, this card ain’t that bad!
Event: UFC Fight Night
When: Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 9:00 pm ET
Where: UFX APEX, Las Vegas, NV
TV Network: ESPN, ESPN+
Main Event: Jessica Eye (15-7-0) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1)
UFC Fight Night Main Event
There are five fights on the main card. As mentioned above the main event will be, Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo in a women’s flyweight bout.
Eye is coming off a pretty one-sided decision victory over Viviane Araujo in December. She’s looking to make her way back to a title fight after being knocked out by the champ in her first title defense.
Evil Eye is most comfortable in the stand-up game. 82% of her significant striking has come from standing. 62% of those strikes have been aimed at the head. She’ll look to exploit her 2” height and reach advantage over the shorter Calvillo.
Cynthia Calvillo is a more balanced fighter in that she mixes up grappling a bit more effectively. Calvillo throws 51% of her significant strikes to the head and 30% to the body. She has a 1.57 takedown average per 15 minutes and attempts 2.02 submissions per 15 minutes.
Since suffering her first loss as a professional to Carla Esparza at UFC 219, a fight where she tested positive for marijuana metabolites, Calvillo submitted Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey. A win over the respected Eye could catapult the 10th ranked flyweight. I’m willing to bet she gets the win.
UFC Fight Night Main Card
The main card kicks off with a bantamweight showdown between Jordan Espinosa and Mark de la Rosa.
Espinosa has been submitted in back-to-back fights. He’s 1-2 in the UFC since coming out of the Tuesday Night Contender Series. De la Rosa is 2-4 in the UFC and is riding a 3-fight losing streak. He suffered the first KO/TKO loss of his career the last time out.
The always exciting Andre Fili faces Charles Jourdain in the second fight of the main event. “Touchy” Fili — who has the funniest nickname in professional sports, by the way — is 20-7-0. He’ll hold a 2” height and 5” reach advantage over his opponent.
Jourdain is 10-2-0. He’s 1-1 in the UFC, most recently having KO’d Dooho Choi.
Next, the always game Ray Borg stands toe-to-toe with Merab Dvalishvili. Ray Borg is 13-5 in the UFC. This will be the second time he fights since the pandemic hit the U.S. Borg’s last fight was a decision loss to Ricky Simon on May 13th. Prior to that, the Tazmexican Devil won back-to-back fights over Gabriel Silva and Rogerio Bontorin.
Dvalishvili is on a 3-fight winning streak over Terrion Ware, Brad Katona, and most recently Casey Kenney.
Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori were set to fight on May 13th as well. An undisclosed illness forced Roberson to pull out of the fight due to complications following his weight cut. This is the third time this fight has been scheduled. The pandemic caused the initial cancelation on April 25th. Roberson and Vettori will co-main this card at the UFC APEX on June 13th.
UFC Fight Night Wrap Up & Free Picks
Cynthia Calvillo -110
Karl Roberson +175
Andre Fili -230
Merab Dvalishvili -400
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