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When Cynthia Calvillo moved up to Flyweight, it was a wise move, as a combination of weight issues and lack of depth at 125 pounds presented an opportunity. In her Flyweight debut, she defeated a former title challenger in Jessica Eye. Instantaneously, the victory brought Calvillo to contender status and on the cusp of a title shot. However, back-to-back losses to contenders have dampered her positioning in the Flyweight division. A wrestler at heart, Calvillo has more often than not, fallen in love with her striking. In many instances, it has cost her fights. Then there is Andrea Lee. A fairly well rounded fighter, who does a good job of maintaining a high output and mixing in takedowns. The problem for Lee has been an inability to avoid close fights and her shotty takedown defense. Given two of her three defeats came via split decision, it would be wise for Lee to do more of what she displayed against Antonina Shevchenko to avoid the judges fate.
As for a prediction, I have Lee winning. I believe that she is the better overall fighter and should Calvillo once again prefer to strike rather than wrestle, she will be severely outpointed on the feet. However, if Calvillo implements a wrestling heavy approach, there is a possible path to victory for the 5th ranked Flyweight. I just need to see it to believe it though. In the end, Lee’s high output, pace and cardio shine through and earn her a hard fought decision victory.