Alexa Grasso stops JoJo Calderwood early at UFC Columbus

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, March 26, 2022, for UFC Fight Night 205.

This event is going down live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Headlining the card is a heavyweight contest between a pair of ranked contenders in Curtis Blaydes (no. 4) and Chris Daukaus (no. 9).

Co-headlining the event is a women’s flyweight bout between another pair of ranked contenders, Joanne Calderwood (no. 7) and Alexa Grasso (no. 9).

Grasso comes into the bout having gone 3-1 through her last four, only losing a majority decision to No. 2 ranked Carla Esparza, while Calderwood is coming in on a two-fight skid.

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Continue reading to see how this women’s flyweight contest went down:

Official Result: Alexa Grasso def. Joanne Calderwood via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:57 of round one

Calderwood opens up the bout with a variety of kicks, backing Grasso up, before Grasso secures a double leg takedown and remains on top for about a minute.

Once they’re back to their feet, Calderwood gets back to her kicks, turning some of them into knees, before she finds herself in a scramble. This sees her get her back taken by Grasso, and this spelled the beginning of the end.

Grasso secures the first submission victory of her career tonight at UFC Columbus, and over a highly ranked opponent, perhaps now the best opponent she has a win over.

Grasso is now in a great position to jump into the top five with another big win. Assuming she takes Calderwood’s No. 7 ranking, Viviane Araujo, Taila Santos, Jennifer Maia, Lauren Murphy, Katlyn Chookagian, Jessica Andrade, and women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will still be ranked above her.

That being said, her future is still very bright at just 28 years old. Who’s next?

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