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Valerie Letourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood UFC Fight Night 89 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/16

Calderwood vs. Letourneau

UFC: Saturday, June 18, 2016 (TD Place Arena)

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TV: FS1

Valerie Letourneau and Joanne Calderwood fight Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 89 at the TD Place Arena.

Valerie Letourneau enters this fight with a 8-4 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by knockout. Letourneau has won four of her last five fights and is coming off a November loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Letourneau is averaging 4.49 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.3 percent. Letourneau is averaging 0.86 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Letourneau should be hungry for this bout after losing her first UFC fight and one that was for the Strawweight Championship. Letourneau has had her last four fights end in decision, but she’s somebody who has improved her striking game and has knockout potential. Letourneau is also defending a solid 60.3 percent of her opponent's strikes. This will be Letourneau’s 11th fight in Canada, her home country.

Valerie Letourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood UFC Fight Night 89 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/16

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Joanne Calderwood enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 60 percent of her fights by decision. Calderwood has won five of her last six fights and is coming off a July win over Cortney Casey. Calderwood is averaging 6.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.2 percent. Calderwood is averaging 2.38 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. Calderwood is a downright brawler who throws a lot of strikes and is defending 100 percent of takedowns. Calderwood is able to keep her opponents at a safe distance with a deep kickboxing background and usually always has the advantage when she’s able to fight standing up. This will be Calderwood’s first fight in Canada.

This should be an interesting match between two fighters who have been rather consistent and have been able to hold their own. However, Calderwood is far more comfortable on the canvas than Letourneau is and should be able to wear her down throughout the match. Calderwood is also the more violent striker who lands far more accurately.

I like JoJo to get yet another victory.

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