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Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight Cynthia Calvillo is no longer with Uriah Faber’s Team Alpha Male. The Sacramento-based mixed martial arts gym is home to many top fighters, including former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.
Calvillo (8-1) has won two straight since losing to UFC inaugural strawweight champion Carla Esparza in December 2017. With TAM for her entire UFC career, Calvillo, 31, confirmed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that the time had come for her “to move on.”
“There’s just been a lot of changes since I first went in there,” Calvillo said. “I tried to stick it out but it just wasn’t working for me anymore.” Pressed to reveal what specifically motivated her decision, Calvillo elaborated, citing the departure of former striking coach Justin Buchholz as the ultimate impetus. “Of course, the big of it has to do with my head coach Justin Buchholz who is no longer coaching there.”
Calvillo only broke the news to Faber last week but revealed that she hadn’t visited the gym much since her win over Cortney Casey in February 2019.
Calvillo’s training and fighting future is still up in the air but she’ll remain in Sacramento through her next fight camp. Though an actual bout has yet to be booked, Calvillo hopes to fight Michelle Waterson or Tecia Torres. And in her corner, Calvillo hopes to still have Buchholz. He’s fielding “some really good” head coaching offers, but for now, is still on deck to organize her next fight camp.