In our co-main event of the evening, a couple of top-ranked UFC strawweight contenders go head-to-head, as Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo are locked inside the Octagon. Here’s the play-by-play:
Calderwood presses the action to start things off with some front kicks but Calvillo lands some body shots in response. A very tentative approach from both women before Calderwood lands a nice front kick to the body. Calvillo lands herself with some jabs before getting a takedown. Calvillo takes the back but after a scramble she has the armbar attempt in. Calderwood breaks free as time expires in the round.
Calderwood keeps Calvillo at bay with the front body kicks but Calvillo is able to slip in a right hook that lands. Calderwood lands a leg kick that takes Calvillo off balance and drops her for a second, but she is able to pop right back up. Calderwood’s nose is now showing blood as she stuffs a takedown attempt and jams a kick into Calvillo’s gut.
A great left hook lands for Calvillo followed by an overhand. Calderwood lands a great spinning elbow and both girls clap hands smiling in approval. Calvillo lands some nice shots on the inside and the round comes to a close with an exchange of leg kicks form distance.
Calvillo tries to get the fight to the ground but is unsuccessful. Neither girl is able to land much of anything until Calvillo rips off a few leg kicks. Calderwood drops an elbow in and lands a nice head-kick as well. Not much landing for either girl as Calderwood stuffs another takedown attempt. A body kick lands for Calderwood but Calvillo catches a kick and takes Calderwood’s back again. The round comes to an end with Calvillo locking in the rear-naked choke but Calderwood is saved by the bell.
Official Result: Cynthia Calvillo def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)