Some of you newer fans may not remember when Gina Carano weighed in for EliteXC: “Heat” back in 2008, but poor “Conviction” had to drop her drawers — and everything else — in order to hit the 141-pound mark for her catchweight fight against Kelly Kobald.
The towels were less than cooperative, leading to a few close calls (video here).
These days, female fighters who strip to make weight get to lumber onstage hiding inside that shower-curtain costume that Daniel LaRusso wore in The Karate Kid, but even then things can get a bit dicey.
That explains why Cynthia Calvillo was so wobbly when trying to make weight for UFC Fight Night 140 last weekend in Argentina (watch the replay here). Sure, she felt like shit, but by her own words, she wasn’t on the verge of fainting.
“I think it looked way worse when I weighed in,” Calvillo said on Saturday. “It looked like I almost fainted, but the truth of the matter is when I got onto the scale my face didn’t look too happy. I was being really careful, the towel itself was too low, they told me to put my hands up and I would have shown my whole top. So that’s why I went down, it looked like I was gonna faint, but that’s not the case. I just didn’t want to give everyone a free show.”
Calvillo came in at 118 pounds for her strawweight fight against Poliana Botelho, a bout she won by first-round submission to kick off the FOX Sports 1 main card from inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires (highlights here).
Perhaps it’s time for that Michelle Waterson fight?
Calvillo (7-1) was actually booked to throw down with “Karate Hottie” earlier this year; however, a failed drug test for marijuana torpedoed that bout and sent Waterson to victory against Cortney Casey-Sanchez last April.
“It’s just a fight that we had at the time,” Cavillo said. “She was somebody who was ranked above me. I think it’s a good fight, I have respect for her, but we signed a contract and I like following through with it.”
Waterson (16-6) was last seen capturing a unanimous decision win over Felice Herrig at UFC 229 back in October.