Marina Rodriguez (12-0-1) fights Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-0) in a Strawweight bout that’s the co-main event at the UFC on ESPN7 event at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC on Saturday evening.
Rodriguez has a 2-0-1 record in UFC, following a unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres in August. Before that, the 32 year-old Brazilian beat Jessica Aguilar and had a majority draw against Randa Markos.
The 32 year-old Calvillo last fought in February, when she beat Cortney Casey on a unanimous decision. The American has since been forced to withdraw from a fight with Livinha Souza that was scheduled for July due to injury.
She’s only suffered one loss in her career to date, when going down by unanimous decision to Carla Esparza in December 2017.
Marina Rodriguez vs Cynthia Calvillo Betting Lines & Predictions
In terms of UFC on ESPN 7 predictions, this looks an evenly matched fight and could very easily go either way.
One factor worth taking on board is that Marina Rodriguez only took this fight after her fellow Brazilian, Claudia Gadelha, pulled out due to an ankle injury. Rodriguez does have a height advantage over her opponent though, which could work in her favour.
It’s also worth noting that Calvillo’s striking has improved since she returned from suspension last year and that, coupled with her excellent footwork, could give her the edge here.
There’s not a great deal between these two in the Fight Result UFC betting lines, with Rodriguez the favourite at -137 (1.72) with Betway Sports, while Calvillo is available at odds of +110 (2.10) with bet365. We’ll take the betting line on Calvillo as our UFC tip in this fight.
UFC Predictions: Fight Result – Cynthia Calvillo to Win @ +110 (2.10) with bet365