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Kyle Anthony
  • Event: (24145) Jennifer Maia at (24146) Joanne Calderwood
    Sport/League: MMA
    Date/Time: August 2, 2020 1AM EDT
    Play: 3% – Joanne Calderwood -185
    Play Rating: 3%
    Result: Loss

    In the Co-Main Event of the night UFC vet Joanne Calderwood faces off against Jennifer Maia...

    Joanne "JoJo" Calderwood is a well rounded fighter who's capable of mixing it up. When she beat Ariane Lipski 3 fights ago, she took Lipski down working top control. Lipski was a recent cash for client as she has slick combinations and hand speed. Jojo was able to nullify the striking by overwheling with pressure and takedown attempts. Those attempts and top control draining Lipski slowing her down as the fight went on. Calderwood won via decision. Next she faced top ranked fighter and UFC title challenger Katlyn Chookagian. This fight showed many offensive improvements tying her skills together. Katlyn has a ton of movement and footwork making it hard to find range and pace. In this fight the high striking volume for both females was on display. Early Jojo landed a bunch of strong leg kicks seeking to slow down the movement of Chookagian. The first 2 rounds I'd give it to Jojo with mix of significant strikes landed and takedowns. She was able to get Chookagian down multiple times working control of the fight. Jojo ended up losing the decision, which I scored it for Jojo 2-1. Either way, it was a good showing of her skills elevating. Most recently she faced another top ranked fighter in Andrea Lee whom I'm very high on skill wise. Lee was a -260 in this fight and all for good reasons. Coming into this fight Lee was on a 7 fight win streak, which 3 of those wins were in the UFC. Early Lee used her fantastic striking and footwork trying to confuse Jojo, but standing toe to toe with Lee I was impressed with her output. Lee is very technical while Calderwood is sound striking but can lean toward brawler style and dirty boxing. The volume once again for Jojo was extremely high paced and she even took Lee down. Not easy with the well rounded skill set of Lee. Adding those level changes provides her openings to work her striking and hiding takedowns behind combinations. 

    Jennifer Maia has a boxing background with quick hands. 3 fights ago she faced Alexis Davis whom has a zombie fighting style. She'll continue to move forward regardless of how many times she gets hit. Maia looked good in spots standing but Davis toughness kept her in the fight. Davis was able to take Maia down and once on her back, Maia seemed lost. Never working to escape or moving her hips to work positioning. Surprisingly this fight was VERY close but Maia pulled out the decision win. Most recently she faced Katlyn Chookagian. In this bout Chookagian out classed Maia striking. This fight was all standing and Katlyn worked good leg kicks and combinations up top keeping Maia off balance. In spots the solid boxing of Maia was on display, but in an MMA fight she never mixed it up. Her lack of kicks allowed Katlyn to easily see the offensive attacks giving Chookagian the win. 

    This is a fight I believe takedowns will be the difference maker. Maia has the boxing skills, but at times seems very one dimensional. Jojo is much more well rounded and has been successful with takedowns on opponents with better takedown defense. Mixing up level changes will help open attacks. Once Jojo gets Maia on the ground she maybe able to ride it out for the round earning points on the scorecards. I'm on Jojo Calderwood to get the win Saturday night.

    (added value: Calderwood to win via decision +110)

    Play: Joanne Calderwood -185