Watch Amanda Cooper vs Cynthia Calvillo fight.
In the Women’s Strawweight division, TUF runner-up Amanda “ABC” Cooper plannings to build on her first UFC win when she handles the debuting Cynthia Calvillo. Calvillo has yet to taste defeat, making her pro launching in 2016 and already picking up a win this year. Cooper dropped the TUF finals via submission to Tatiana Suarez, but rallied to defeat Anna Elmose by decision next time out.
Calvillo is an inch taller and will have an inch reach advantage. Cooper is the younger lady by 4-years.
During her time on the program, Cooper picked up a pair of submission wins to go a long with a decision victory. As a professional, she earned a RNC debut triumph and completed all her amateur wins inside the distance. Both of her professional beats came over tap out. Calvillo has a set of TKO victories, both outside the opening round, to support a decision win.
Training from Team Alpha Male, Calvillo showcased strong defensive wrestling in her last fight packing her opponent’s efforts to take her down. When she is taken off of her vertical base, she has excellent core strength that permits her to counter into the exceptional position. Once on the mat, she rapidly secured a body triangle to protect back control. She blends together a great transition game with strikes and the consistent hazard of a submission. To support her wrestling Cynthia will set up her shot with punches, however her vertical offense is still a little stiff.
In the TUF Finals, Cooper came out planning to trade on the feet, but was quickly removed. She came close on an armbar, however ended up getting subbed just minutes later on. In her second UFC fight she survived a knockdown to pick up a win on the scorecards. She is a functional striker, however does not have a tonne of power to back it up. On the mat, “ABC” had mixed outcomes against Elmose. After getting knocked down she invested some time on her back, but later on in the fight Cooper got a pair of important takedowns. Throughout the contest, Amanda took advantage of the absence of output from her opponent.
Considering the camp she originates from and the concerns that Cooper has actually had on the mat, Calvillo will most likely brought out a wrestling-centric attack. Cooper has the striking edge, however it will not count for much if she can’t remain vertical enough time to make an impact. Cooper will merely invest excessive time on her back versus a strong leading position fighter- my prediction is Cynthia Calvillo to defeat Amanda Cooper by decision.