UFC 263 Prelims: Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/10/2021, 12:08 PM EDT


Lauren Murphy and Joanne Calderwood will clash in the women’s flyweight division in the prelims of the UFC 263 pay-per-view. Calderwood won her last fight against Jessica Eye at UFC 257 by decision. Murphy, on the other hand, is currently on a 4-fight winning streak.

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‘Jojo’ has a professional record of 15-5. The former Invicta FC fighter is 3-2 in her last 5 contests. She has fought some of the division’s elites in Ariane Lipski, Katlyn Chookagian, Andrea Lee, Jennifer Maia, and more in her recent outings.

A UFC veteran since 2014, Calderwood will be making her 13th appearance inside the Octagon against Murphy.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Joanne Calderwood of Scotland punches Jessica Eye in a flyweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Murphy too, has been fighting in the UFC since 2014. She has had 10 fights under the promotion so far. But since moving down to the flyweight division, ‘Lucky’ has been able to make a name for herself. The 37-year-old currently holds a record of 14-4.

Calderwood has a total of 6 finishes in her record. 5 T/KO and 1 submission win make up for her tally. Murphy, on the other hand, has 8 T/KO and 1 submission finish so far in her career taking tally to 9.

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Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood: Analysis

Both fighters belong to the upper echelon of the flyweight division. A win should catapult either fighter into the title conversation. So, stakes will be high for this highly-anticipated flyweight match up.

Technically, Calderwood looks like the more sound fighter. She looks solid wherever the fight goes. Despite her recent wins, the same can’t be said about Murphy. But ‘Lucky’ has had some good wins against the likes of Andrea Lee and Roxanne Modafferi recently.

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But Calderwood’s sound base might just be too much for Murphy to handle. ‘Jojo’ might outclass her opponent throughout the contest, eventually earning a decision win. She should make stake a claim for the title in the 125 lbs division of the women’s roster subsequently.

Final Prediction: Joanne ‘Jojo‘ Calderwood by unanimous decision.

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