Sunday, September 11, 2016
Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Jessica Andrade vs Joanne Calderwood
Here is the match video for Jessica Andrade vs Joanne Calderwood from last night's UFC show in Cleveland. Joanne is from Scotland but she currently trains at Tri-Star in Montreal. She is a very good kickboxer but she has no ground skills and her takedown defense isn't very good. We saw this exposed in TUF18. Joanne is very popular so I was not surprised that she was the betting favourite. But I thought Jessica was undervalued. I liked her at 135 but she has championship potential at 115. The last time we saw Jessica she destroyed Jessica Penne in her first match at Strawweight. So despite Joanne's size advantage, I thought Jessica could give her a lot of trouble on the ground. And Jessica is a bonafide finisher especially with the guillotine choke, a hold that many fighters don't know how to apply properly. Right off the start, a Joanne Calderwood elbow cut Jessica over the left eye. That might have stopped some fighters. But Jessica ignored it and went for a takedown. Once she got Joanne on the ground, it was just a matter of time. Jessica pounded her for a while. Then when Joanne tried to get up, Jessica went for the guillotine and that was it. Joanne wasn't getting out of that. And it earned Jessica $50K. She did exactly what she wanted to do. Pretty soon she'll be ready for a title shot. Jessica is very good friends with UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. They have trained together. Just keep in mind that Joanna is a superior striker and she has great takedown defense. And Jessica has never gone five rounds. So it could be interesting. But Karolina Kowalkeiwicz is getting the next title shot. Maybe do Jessica vs Claudia Gadelha in Brazil in the first quarter of 2017. Winner gets a title shot. Enjoy the video!