The UFC returns from “Fight Island” and is back in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight, Saturday, Aug. 1.
A middleweight clash between long-time veteran Derek Brunson and the unbeaten Edmen Shabazyan will headline UFC on ESPN+ 31 inside the UFC Apex. In the co-main event, Joanne Calderwood steps in on short notice to fight Jennifer Maia.
The consensus No. 1 contender in the women’s flyweight division, Calderwood, opted to not wait for current champion Valentina Shevchenko to recover from injury.
The Scot is 3-1 in her last four appearances. She is coming off a split-decision win against Andrea Lee at UFC 242 this past September.
Both Calderwood and Maia’s last defeat came from former-title challenger Katlyn Chookagian. Maia lost via unanimous decision to Chookagian in her most recent bout at UFC 244 last November.
It ended a two-fight win streak, including victories over Roxanne Modaferri and Alexis Davis.
Here is how the women’s flyweight bout between Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia went down at UFC on ESPN+ 31, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Both women tap gloves, stays center. Calderwood lands leg kick to lead leg of Maia. Maia trying to find the right hand. Calderwood using leg kicks early on. Maia is throwing heavy shots, while Calderwood is trying to establish distance with leg kicks. Maia comes in, lands knee to body and and elbow on the way out. Maia lands a jab, but Calderwood counters. Maia goes up high with head kick. Calderwood catches it and gets a takedown. Calderwood is on top. Maia trying to get up. Calderwood working to keep position. Maia looking for an omaplata. Maia landing from her back with elbows. Calderwood is in Maia’s full guard. Maia is able to latch the arm, Calderwood is trying to defend. Maia tucks the arm into her arm pit and gets the tap
Official result: Jennifer Maia def. Joanne Calderwood via submission [arm-bar] at 4:29 in round 1.
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