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UFC Vegas 5: Calderwood vs Maia Preview

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The UFC is back in Las Vegas after a phenomenal month of action in Abu Dhabi. The first event back in Las Vegas will be UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Shahbazyan on August 1st. This action-packed card will feature a co-main event fight between two top-10 women’s flyweights in Joanne Calderwood (#3) and Jennifer Maia (#6).

Which fighter will emerge victoriously and take another step closer to their championship aspirations?! We have our thoughts on how we think this fight will go. However, before we discuss that, let us take a quick look at the UFC careers of both fighters leading up to this fight.

Joanne CalderwoodTale of the TapeJennifer Maia
14-4MMA Record17-6-1
125 poundsWeight125
65.5 inchesReach64 inches

Calderwood’s History

Joanne Calderwood and Ariane Lipski. (Calderwood vs Maia)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 19: Joanne Calderwood of Scotland (right) fights against Ariane Lipski of Brazil during their Women’s Flyweight fight at UFC Fight Night at Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Joanne Calderwood got her start in the UFC by way of the epic 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter. She would go on to lose her quarterfinal bout against future strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. Originally a strawweight herself, Calderwood has faced some of the toughest competition that division has to offer. She was able to pick up wins over Seo Hee Ham, Cortney Casey, and Valérie Létourneau. However, she also dropped fights to Maryna Moroz, Jéssica Andrade, and Cynthia Calvillo before trying her hand at flyweight.

Calderwood has enjoyed much more success at flyweight. She beat Kalindra Faria by a triangle armbar in her flyweight debut. Calderwood followed that first win up with a unanimous decision win over Ariane Lipski. She next faced Katlyn Chookagian for her only loss at flyweight. In her most recent fight, Calderwood won a very narrow split-decision fight with Andrea Lee. Can Joanne Calderwood keep up her fantastic performance at flyweight and finally earn a championship fight opportunity for the first time in her career?

Maia’s History

Jennifer Maia flexing. Calderwood vs Maia
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 19: Jennifer Maia of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio on July 19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jennifer Maia is a relatively new fighter in the UFC. Maia debuted for the UFC in 2018 after an outstanding run in Invicta FC in which she was the flyweight champion for the organization. Maia’s debut did not go as planned, as she dropped her first UFC fight to Liz Carmouche by unanimous decision. She followed that loss up with two straight unanimous decision wins over Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi. In Maia’s most recent fight, she lost via unanimous decision to Katlyn Chookagian, which is something she has in common with her opponent Joanne Calderwood. Can Maia continue this fantastic start to her UFC career by beating one of the best flyweights in the world?

Calderwood vs Maia Prediction

If history is any indication, this fight will end in a decision. Calderwood has eight wins and two losses by decision in her career. Maia has nine wins and four losses by decision in her career. These two women know how to go the distance. With both women being so evenly matched, it’s hard to predict the outcome to be any different.

Calderwood vs Maia Result: Calderwood by unanimous decision.

LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 25: Joanne Calderwood of Scotland celebrates after her submission victory over Kalindra Faria of Brazil in their women’s flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Pinnacle Bank Arena on August 25, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After 15 minutes of strategic battle, I see Calderwood emerging victorious in a very narrow fight. These two are evenly matched in so many aspects. On the feet, Calderwood has great Muay Thai skills but Maia is a brilliant boxer. On the ground, both are very skilled BJJ practitioners. It’s hard to see either fighter having a huge advantage in this one. The one area where I think Calderwood does have the advantage is in her experience at the highest level. With ten fights inside the UFC, Calderwood has the advantage when compared to Maia’s four fights inside the UFC. For that reason, I think Calderwood edges out Maia for the hard-fought victory.

Who do you have in this clash of women’s flyweights?! Leave your opinion in the comments below!

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Jeff Swartz is a combat sports writer and editor for With a focus on the UFC, Jeff also covers other major combat sports promotions like Bellator, ONE, World Lethwei Championship, Sparta Sports & Entertainment, and much more!