Note: This is a piece I wrote for MMA Latest News
Scottish striking sensation Joanne Calderwood wanted a fight in front of her home countrymen and now she’s getting one.
UFC officials announced that Calderwood will face fellow strawweight prospect, Bec “Rowdy” Rawlings, July 18 at the The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Both Calderwood and Rawlings confirmed the fight on their Facebook pages.
Both competitors are coming off monumental bouts in their careers. Rawlings snapped a two-fight losing streak after she picked up her first win inside of the octagon, submitting former “TUF” teammate Lisa Ward late in the first round earlier this month. Calderwood (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered her first career loss back in April after octagon newcomer Maryna Moroz forced her to tap to an armbar.
MMA fans have been looking forward to this match for awhile and with good reason. The two were originally scheduled to square off at Invicta FC 4 back in 2013. Invicta moved Rawlings – competing under her previously married name of Bec Hyatt – to the main event to face Carla Esparza for the strawweight title after the “Cookie Monster’s” originally opponent Ayaka Hamasaki withdrew from the fight due to her commitments of defending her Jewels championship. While Rawlings faced Esparza in a five-round war that resulted in a loss, Calderwood scored a decision win over Livia von Plettenberg.
While the two were on opposing sides during “The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned” – Rawlings on Team Melendez and Calderwood on Team Pettis – they never crossed paths. Rawlings was eliminated in the first round of the tournament after losing to Tecia Torres while Calderwood fell at the hands of tourney runner-up Rose Namajunas.
This is an interesting match as we have fighters who are opposites. Calderwood is the soft-spoken, technical fighter while Rawlings is loud, energetic and loves to scrap. The competitor from Scotland might have the edge when it comes to striking, but the Aussie has a strong submission game. Both fighters aren’t afraid to get down and dirty.
There are other factors that will come into play. Calderwood just came off of her first loss – one where she was finished in 90 seconds. While some fighters quickly bounce back from the initial blemish on their record, other athletes will have a harder time getting back on the winning track.
Another element of this fight will be the crowd. This should be quite a homecoming for Calderwood, who hasn’t fought in her hometown for three years. Although Rawlings is used to fighting in foreign territory, this will be her first bout in Europe in front of what should be a fiery, red-hot crowd.
This is an exciting addition to a card that is still being fleshed out.
UFC Fight Night 72
Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge
Paul Redmond vs. Robert Whiteford
Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer
Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings