Cynthia Calvillo was invited to the High Times Cannabis Cup earlier this year. She attended the event as an honored guest.
Calvillo made cannabis-related news, of course, in March when she was suspended nine months by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for a positive in-competition marijuana test in relation to her UFC 219 fight last December. The failed drug test caused her to lose her sponsorship with UFC partner BodyArmor and she was also fined $6,150 by the NAC.
After that, companies in the cannabis business came out of the woodwork reaching out to Calvillo. She was offered CBD sponsorships and invited to the Cannabis Cup. Calvillo said she turned down all those deals and left the Cannabis Cup with a “bad taste.”
Calvillo just didn’t want to tie herself — and her career — to the weed industry. She doesn’t want the label.
“I just really wanted to get myself away from it,” she told MMA Fighting. “I don’t want to be defined by it. I just kind of steered away from it. I don’t want people to remember me as that. My main concern is I want them to remember me as one of the best fighters in the world. I want to just get rid of that.”
Calvillo, 31, returns to the cage Saturday against Poliana Botelho at UFC Argentina after a frustrating, nearly year-long absence. She still believes the suspension was unjust and she remains in favor of cannabis being removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in-competition prohibited list. But, at least for the time being, she’s going to keep her advocacy private.
“For me, I wanted to be an advocate for it and that’s what I wanted to go towards,” said Calvillo, who missed weight Friday morning by two pounds. “But right now, for