UFC 257: Eye vs Calderwood Picks and Predictions

Joanne Calderwood, coming off a submission loss last August, is 3-2 in her last five fights and opened as a +118 underdog against Jessica Eye at UFC 257 on Saturday.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2021 1:03 PM ET
UFC fighter Joanne Calderwood
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Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood is on the main card of UFC 257 betting on January 20 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

Oddsmakers are expecting a close bout with Eye coming in as the very slight underdog with UFC odds of -104, while Calderwood comes back at -118.

We break down the UFC betting odds for this flyweight clash and give our best picks and predictions for Eye vs. Calderwood at UFC 257.

Eye vs Calderwood Fight Odds

Method of Victory Jessica Eye Joanne Calderwood
Win Outright -104 +118
Win by KO/TKO +750 +1,000
Win by Points +165 +125
Win by Submission +1,500 +1,200
Draw +5,000 +5,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

Eye vs Calderwood Betting Preview

Jessica "Evil" Eye comes into this fight ranked as the No. 7 contender in the women's flyweight division. Eye is fresh off a decision loss to Cynthia Calvillo in a five-round main event last June (without a doubt one of the most underwhelming headline matchups ever).

Eye has resurrected her career after returning to the flyweight division in 2018. She has gone 4-2 since then with her two losses coming against Calvillo, who is currently ranked No. 5, and the flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko. The 34-year-old is a strong striker who incorporates good boxing with clinch work. 

Joanne Calderwood is also coming off a defeat, a first-round submission loss versus Jennifer Maia in August. She is 3-2 in her last five fights and is No. 8 in the flyweight rankings. 

The Scottish fighter comes from a Muay Thai background and is an excellent kickboxer with high output and accuracy. However, she's also a solid grappler with a blue belt in BJJ and has six takedowns over her last three fights.

Eye vs Calderwood Tale of the Tape

Jessica Eye   Joanne Calderwood
34 Age 35
5-foot-6 Height 5-foot-6
126 lbs Weight 125 lbs
66 inches Reach 65.5 inches
15-8-0 (10 KO) Record 14-5-0 (5 KO)

Eye vs Calderwood UFC Prediction and Betting Pick

PREDICTION: Calderwood to win -118 - Eye showed improved conditioning in her last fight but her cardio has been questioned in the past. While her strength is more pronounced at the 125-pound weight class, she has struggled to make weight and could get gassed against a high-pressure fighter like Calderwood.

The most likely way I see Eye getting the win is by finish, which is unlikely given that she doesn't have a stoppage win since 2014. Calderwood is the far more active fighter, she pushes the pace, throws more strikes, connects at a much higher accuracy and attempts more takedowns than Eye.

That should be enough to outpoint Eye and her questionable fitness over 15 minutes. 

 

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