Round 1 – And they touch gloves. Nunes takes the inside of the cage, while Calvillo floats on the outside. Good leg kick by Nunes. Another one. Nice right by Calvillo. A leg kick gets caught by Calvillo, and it pushes Nunes to the canvas, but she immediately gets back up. Man, another bog calf kick by Nunes. These are adding up and Calvillo is feeling it. Two minutes left. Very little action happening besides Nunes’ occasional leg kicks. Calvillo attempts a takedown, but fails. Fans are starting to boo. Calvillo with a nice jab to close out the round. A clean 10-9 round for Nunes.
Round 2 – It looks like this is going to be a stand-up battle. Both fighters testing range and connecting here and there, but nothing significant. Fans are getting restless. Calvillo pressing a bit more time. Calvillo doing a better job here at getting her lead leg out of the way when Nunes attacks with leg kicks. A good leg kick connects by Nunes, but Calvillo shoots for a double and gets it. Calvillo now sitting in Nunes’ guard. Two minutes left. Nunes attempts to get up by pushing away on Calvillo, but is unable to get back to her feet. Calvillo landing some shots here and there from the top, but nothing impactful. Oh and a nice up kick from Nunes, even Calvillo stands over Nunes. Nunes finds her way back to the feet. Nice leg kick by Calvillo. The bell rings. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Calvillo.
Round 3 – It looks like it’s a one round fight now, at least on MMA Junkie’s book. Calvillo comes out more active here, attacking often with leg kicks and combinations. Nunes with a nice leg kick. Nice straight right by Calvillo. Calvillo shoots for a takedown and misses. Good shot to the body, followed by a hook upstairs by Nunes. Calvillo gets a takedown, but Nunes fights it off and ends up standing, pressed against the cage. Nunes breaks free. Two minutes left. Another leg kick by Nunes. The fans are not happy here, very little action. Nunes keeps finding a home to the leg kicks. Good right hand by Nunes. Nunes turning it up here at the end. A few good shots connect for Nunes. The bell rings. MMA Junkie wins the round 10-9, Nunes. Overall, 29-28, Nunes.
Result: Nina Nunes def. Cynthia Calvillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Recap: Nina Nunes wins split decision against Cynthia Calvillo, announces retirement from MMA
Records: Nina Nunes (11-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC), Cynthia Calvillo (9-5-1 MMA, 6-5-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Junichiro Kamijo 28-29, Derek Cleary 29-28, Chris Crail 27-30