It was almost a year ago when Joanne Calderwood stepped into the cage for the first time, against Noellie Molina in front of home town of Glasgow, Scotland.
Calderwood would win the fight by TKO three-minutes into the first round.
Fast forward nine months and Calderwood, who is also known to fans as “Cyborginho,” is currently 4-0 in her MMA career. She is set to face Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt at Invicta FC 4 in January 2013.
Hyatt, who currently sports a 4-1 record and has been touted as one of Europe’s rising prospects, signed with Invicta FC earlier in November.
In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Hyatt said she has been “ready for this fight for the past six months” and show that she can “fight these good girls with good records and a lot of experience behind them.”
Like Hyatt, three of Calderwood’s wins have been stoppages. In her last fight, she scored a 37-second TKO win over Christina Nicole Tatnell. Calderwood is also coming off of a first-round TKO win over Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC 3 that earned her “Knockout of the Night” honors.
One advantage I would give Calderwood is the fact that she has fought outside of her country, while all of Hyatt’s fights have been in her homeland of Australia. Although it may not seem like a large advantage, some fighters have trouble making the transition to fighting in foreign lands.
With two submissions under her belt, Hyatt may have the advantage when it comes to the ground game. However, Calderwood may be able to even that out with her extensive background in Muay Thai.
If Calderwood is able to score a quick finish over Hyatt, she should be considered for a future title match between the winner of the Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha strawweight title match, which will also take place at Invicta FC 4.
One thing is for certain; I do not see this fight going past the first round.
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