I know something you don’t know... pic.twitter.com/nBlDurJfiu— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) August 13, 2020
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A high-stakes women’s flyweight bout is coming together for the October pay-per-view of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The news first broke from MMA Fighting on Thursday that Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) will be squaring off with Lauren Murphy (13-4) at UFC 254 on Oct. 24. The two will be facing one another at flyweight, and the victor could find herself earning a title shot with a win. Although the two fighters have agreed to meet, the contracts have not yet been signed, but Murphy posted on her social media accounts hinting that fight news was looming.
Calvillo made her successful move up to the division in June, taking on Jessica Eye on short notice and winning a decision over the former flyweight title challenger. Calvillo has not been defeated since 2017, when Carla Esparza beat her at UFC 219. Since then, Calvillo has rattled off wins over Poliana Botelho and Cortney Casey at strawweight, and then drew with Marina Rodriguez. Across those three bouts, Calvillo missed weight on two separate occasions to preempt her relocation up a weight class.
Murphy has rattled off three straight wins in 2019 and 2020, including a knockout of Mara Romero Borella along with decisions against Andrea Lee and Roxanne Modafferi. The former Invicta Fighting Championships bantamweight champ moved to 125 pounds when she faced Barb Honchak in 2017, and won a decision to cement her place in the division.
UFC 254 goes down on Oct. 24 at a currently undisclosed location. Headlining the card is a much-anticipated lightweight championship unification match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. Also on the main card is a heavyweight battle between Alexander Volkov and Walt Harris, while Robert Whittaker takes on Jared Cannonier at middleweight.
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