ABU DHABI – Joanne Calderwood beat Andrea Lee with a split decision Saturday to close out the preliminary card at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
Take a look inside the fight with Calderwood, who won for the third time in four fights since returning to the flyweight division.
Result: Joanne Calderwood def. Andrea Lee via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Updated records: Calderwood (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Lee (11-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Key stat: Calderwood outstruck Lee by a factor of 2-1 at 158-104, including a 45-22 advantage in leg strikes.
Calderwood on the fight’s key moment
“I’ve heard this so many times – opponents saying they’re going to stand with me. They always shoot (for takedowns). That’s why we worked so hard on my gound work and my dirty wrestling (and) scrambles. Obviously I want to keep it standing, but it’s MMA and these girls are going to shoot.”
Calderwood on the pressure for a win
“It’s such a relief to get the win. There’s so much pressure on fighters to get that ‘W’ because if you don’t, you’re going home with half a paycheck. I’m just happy that I put on a good performance. I knew as soon as we got matched up with Andrea, it was going to be a hard fight. But these are the fights I want.”
Calderwood on what she wants next
“This is going to be a pretty awesome memory for me and we’ll get back to work. I’m here to bang it out with anyone in the division.”
To hear more from Calderwood, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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