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. She’s an European Muay Thai champion and currently ranked #4 in the Unified WMMA Rankings. The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 presents 11 strawweight fighters competing for the UFC belt.
In this video breakdown, she demonstrated how to setup various elbows — combining it with graceful knees and punches. Doing it in this manner is very rare in the current MMA landscape, and this level of striking is rare 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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