UFC 257 Betting Prediction: Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood

Leading up to the main event for UFC 257, you can catch an excellent fight. In this scenario, you will have a great betting opportunity as the showdown between two women’s flyweights unfolds. Jessica Eye and Joanne Calderwood will square off for this matchup.

Date: Sat, Jan 23, 9:00 PM

Venue: Etihad Arena

Watch on: PPV

The Fighters

Jessica Eye (15-8-0)

Eye is aiming to move up in the women’s flyweight division, as she is currently holding down the sixth ranked spot. In her last fight, she lost to Cynthia Calvillo by unanimous decision so she lost some momentum there.

Her fighting resume shows that she has three wins by knockout, one by submission, and 11 by decision. Since most of her fights typically make it to a decision, she only has two first round finishes in her career.

“Evil” has a striking accuracy at 36 percent and a grappling accuracy at 45 percent. She lands 3.65 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.54. This ratio is fairly close to a one to one, so there is not much room for error.

Eye has a takedown defense at 56 percent and a significant strike defense at 58 percent. She also averages 0.40 takedowns and 0.60 submissions every 15 minutes.

Joanne Calderwood (14-5-0)

Calderwood is looking to improve her ranking in the women’s bantamweight division too, as she is currently seventh best in the division. She is also attempting to rebound after a submission loss to Jennifer Maia back in August of 2020.

Her fighting resume shows that she has five wins by knockout, one by submission, and eight by decision. She also has four first round finishes with a combination of knockouts and submissions.

“JoJo” has a striking accuracy at 48 percent and a grappling accuracy at 57 percent. She lands 6.17 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 4.31. This is a solid ratio and a higher volume of strikes on both sides.

Calderwood has a takedown defense at 55 percent and a significant strike defense at 52 percent. She also averages 1.90 takedowns and 0.50 submissions every 15 minutes.

Odds For This Event

The market has bounced back and forth a lot, nearly calling this a coin flip. For the moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:

Eye: -108

Calderwood: -112

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

These two on paper should provide a long distance fight with plenty of striking. Neither one of them have a heavy ground presence, as they both only have one submission each.

Eye has a majority of her victories by decision, showing that she has the stamina to battle that long. Against a high volume striker like Calderwood, she is going to have to defend well here.

Overall, this will eventually turn into a striking war between them and points will matter. Look for Calderwood to win this close battle.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Calderwood wins via decision, at -112

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