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TUF 20 Fighter: Joanne Calderwood (8-0)

Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood Highlights

By:Jamie Moles

So I remembered I was supposed to do these profiles on the fighters of TUF 20.

Kickboxing world champion Joanne Calderwood is one of the 3 favorites (Esparza and Torres) to win the 20th season of TUF and win the inaugural UFC strawweight belt. She’s the best striker in the house with her ability to change angles, parry, cut off the cage, feinting, and counter putting a noticeable gap between her and the other fighters in pure striking. She’s also shown one of the most diverse and dangerous clinch games in all of MMA. She’s able to create space and turn her opponents to throw big knees and elbows. She’s also shown solid takedown defense against a good wrestler in Katja Kankaanpaa.

There are some hurdles for her to cross though when it comes to this tournament. To compliment her takedown defense, Calderwood becomes a counter striker against women she’s sees as good wrestlers like Katja Kankaanpaa. She advances with one hand land looking to draw reactions from her opponents effectively limiting her parrying. We also haven’t seen much of her ground game or scrambling skills.

TUF 20 begins September 10th:

Other TUF 20 competitors:

  • Tecia Torres [x]
  • Alex Chambers [x]
  • Rose Namajunas [x]