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Joanne Calderwood vs. Kalindra Faria UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18

Kalindra Faria vs. Joanne Calderwood

UFC: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

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TV: UFC Fight Pass

Joanne Calderwood and Kalindra Faria fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 135 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Joanne Calderwood enters this fight with a 11-3 record and has won 55 percent of her fights by decision. Calderwood has split her last six fights and is coming off a July (2017) loss to Cynthia Calvillo. Calderwood is averaging 6.28 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.3 percent. Calderwood is averaging 1.88 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.1 percent. Calderwood has lost her last two fights and is coming off a decision loss despite landing more strikes than her opponent. Calderwood has now been out of the octagon for over a year and hasn’t won a fight in over two, so this is a big bout for JoJo. As for her ability, Calderwood is a proven grappler and can hold her own on the canvas, but she's more effective on her feet where she lands accurate strikes and powerful leg kicks. Calderwood has a deep kickboxing background and is highly experienced in Muay Thai, and five of her last seven wins have come by decision. Calderwood has never won a fight by submission in her career. This will be Calderwood’s first career fight in Nebraska.

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Kalindra Faria UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18

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Kalindra Faria enters this fight with a 18-7-1 record and has won 39 percent of her fights by knockout. Faria has split her last eight fights and is coming off a January loss to Jessica Eye. Faria is averaging 2.12 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.3 percent. Faria is averaging 0.84 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Faria is also in need of a victory, as she’s now 0-2 under the UFC banner and is coming off a bout in which she ate 53 strikes and was taken down three times. Faria has shown little to no takedown defense up to this point, as she’s been taken down four times in her last two fights and has faced countless submission attempts. In terms of the positives, Faria has good hand speed, some pop in her strikes and has great conditioning that’s allowed her to win six of nine career decisions. Faria has won a fight a variety of ways and probably has a clear advantage if this bout was to go to the canvas. This will be Faria’s first career fight in Nebraska.

While some would have  hard time getting a feel for this fight, Calderwood is the clearly better fighter and should be on the winning side. Faria has shown us little to nothing in her first two fights and has almost no takedown defense. Calderwood should be able to do whatever she wants in this fight and has a clear advantage in terms of striking as well. 

I would honestly be surprised if Calderwood doesn’t win this fight.

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