Outside of Ronda Rousey, the WMMA scene has received little attention. There’s an elite striker that’s going relatively unnoticed right now — a sleeper named Joanne Calderwood. In Straw-weight, She’s an European Muay Thai champion and currently ranked #4 in the Unified WMMA Rankings. The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 presents 11 straw-weight fighters competing for the UFC belt.
This bout was against Sally Krumdiack in 2013. She demonstrated how to setup various cut kicks to the leg — inside and outside. She also demonstrated push kicks, backing the opponent up, and drawing them into a strike. This level of striking is not seen often in MMA, let alone WMMA. Elite striking is all about exploiting tendencies and creating openings — Calderwood is one of the few women that can consistently do so in MMA.
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