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 by KO/TKO||+750||+1,000|
|Win by Points||+165||+125|
|Win by Submission||+1,500||+1,200|
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|
|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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