Jessica Andrade continued her tear through the UFC strawweight division by taking the very tough Joanne Calderwood to the mat and forcing the submission in the final minute of the opening round.
UFC 202 took place Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Stipe Miocic versus Alistair Overeem for Miocic’s UFC heavyweight championship served as the evening’s main event.
The ladies kicked off the PPV portion of UFC 203 by going at it on the feet with aggressive blows in the center of the cage, where Calderwood opened Andrade up with an elbow. Andrade, however, was the one to decide when it was time to abandon the standing and switch to some mat based action. She lifted Calderwood with a double leg and slammed her to the canvas.
Andrade had no issues controlling position from the top, landing blows when the opportunity arose. Calderwood defended well and recovered her guard on several occasions, but couldn’t find a moment to explode back to her feet. She finally used a half-guard to roll her hips and try to stand, but Andrade used the opening to latch onto a guillotine choke and go for the win. Calderwood tried to defend after the hold had been locked up, but was unable to survive the final 30 seconds of the round and had to tap before going out. The end came at 4:38 of round one.
Jessica Andrade improved to 15-5 with the finish and knocked Calderwood down to 11-2.
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