Report: Cynthia Calvillo Out, Brianna Van Buren In Against Livinha Souza at UFC Sacramento

By: Jay Pettry
Jun 7, 2019


The Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to Sacramento, California, is reorganizing, as Cynthia Calvillo has been forced to pull out of her strawweight fight against Livinha Souza, and will reportedly be replaced by Brianna Van Buren.

According to MMAJunkie on Friday, Calvillo (8-1) broke her foot and was forced to withdraw from her strawweight contest against Souza (13-1) at UFC Fight Night 155. This event will take place on July 13 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and according to MMA Brazil, the promotion has selected Van Buren (8-2) as Calvillo's replacement.

Calvillo was looking to raise her win streak to three, as she has beaten Cortney Casey and Poliana Botelho in her last two outings. With three rear-naked choke victories inside the Octagon, she is tied with Rose Namajunas for the most tapouts with that submission by a female UFC fighter.

Van Buren won the inaugural Invicta Fighting Championships Phoenix Rising tournament in May to become the organization's new strawweight champion. To do so, she became the first fighter in a major organization to win a one-night, three-fight tournament since Mark Coleman won the Pride Fighting Championships 2000 Openweight Grand Prix.

Former Invicta FC strawweight queen Souza made a splash in her UFC debut when she tapped out Alex Chambers with a guillotine choke in 81 seconds. The win earned Souza the fastest submission win in UFC women's strawweight history. Most recently, she beat Sarah Frota by decision at UFC Fight Night 144 in February, in a fight where Frota missed weight by seven pounds.

UFC Fight Night 155 takes place on July 13 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. The event will be headlined by a women's bantamweight showdown between Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd. Serving in the co-headlining attraction will be Urijah Faber making his return from retirement against Ricky Simon.

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