“She’s Not Fought Anyone” • MMA News
Joanne Calderwood appeared proper at residence when she defeated Kalindra Faria at UFC Battle Evening 135 in August.
“JoJo” placed on certainly one of her finest performances within the octagon as she defeated the Brazilian fighter by first-round submission. One of many causes Calderwood had a lot success in that struggle was her competing at her pure weight of 125 kilos. As soon as the ladies’s flyweight division was in full swing this yr, The Final Fighter season 20 competitor jumped on the alternative to compete on this new weight class. It’s a change that Calderwood says not solely has made her more healthy throughout struggle camp but in addition in her on a regular basis way of life.
“It’s amazing,” Calderwood informed MMA News. “I can now begin having a wholesome way of life not simply outdoors of camp however in camp as nicely. Particularly on this recreation you’ll discover numerous fighters blow up after fights and we shrink down [during fight camp] it causes numerous stress in your physique. I’m simply grateful I’ve the information now that I don’t have to do this anymore. I’m in a very good place the place I might be wholesome yr spherical and have abs yr spherical, not simply throughout struggle week.
Calderwood (12-Three) solely competed as soon as this yr however the day without work allowed her to make quite a few modifications outdoors the cage. She linked up with high supervisor Daniel Rubenstien (Ruby Sports activities and Leisure) who additionally reps the likes of Michael Chiesa, Mackenzie Dern and Sean O’Malley. She’s additionally settled into her new group over at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, which for the primary time in her profession has allowed her to coach with girls.
“I came to Vegas for the UFC PI earlier this year. I had been speaking with Clint the nutritionist at the start of the year. I just got along really well with him and I liked what he was doing. I felt I was seeing changes. So I was like I’m going out to the PI and see what it has to offer. I was looking for a new gym anyways, the top two gyms [in Vegas] were Xtreme Couture and Syndicate MMA. I kind of started looking online and I really liked [Syndicate MMA head coach] John [Wood’s] pad work so that kind of drew me in. Then I could see he had a girl fighters, so that was one thing I wanted to change. I wanted to be able to train with girls, most of my career I’ve trained with guys. I gave it a few weeks and I liked it. I could see myself being happy and where my career wants to go.”
The 32-year-old will now search for back-to-back wins for the primary time since June 2016, when she meets KSW standout Ariane Lipski on Jan. 19 at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Regardless of the pair having comparable data, Calderwood believes her caliber of opponents have been far greater than Lipski’s.
“She’s not fought anyone, if you compare our records, we’re pretty much the same. But the girls that she’s fought, nobody jumps out to me. If you look at the people I’ve lost to, they are up there, have winning records and they’re well-known names. I just feel like experience training wise– like I’ve trained with better girls than she’s fought. I’m not cocky, I’m just very confident with the skill set I have in my career. It’s going to be a great fight but she’s not bringing anything to the table I haven’t seen before.”
Lipski (11-Three) might be making her UFC debut and carries a nine-fight win streak into the octagon. The 24-year-old has completed seven of her 9 opponents throughout that span, together with 5 first-round stoppages.
UFC on ESPN+1 takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, NY. Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo defends his title towards bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in the primary occasion.