MMA Preview – Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood at UFC 257

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When is UFC 257? Sunday 24th January, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 257? Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 257? No tickets are available as this event will take place with a limited number of spectators

What channel is UFC 257 on? BT Sport 1 (prelims) BT Sport Box Office (£19.95)

Where can I stream UFC 257? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website and app

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


After Jessica Eye’s (15-8(1)) first title shot and assassination by Valentina Shevchenko back at UFC 238, she has gone 1-1 but her toughest battle has been the scales. She bounced back with a superb unanimous decision over the surging Viviane Araujo but missed weight by six pounds. She returned six months later in June to welcome Cynthia Calvillo to the division but missed weight again. To make things worse, she lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Joanne Calderwood (14-5) has also been inconsistent and has made a habit of falling just shot of the top tier. She lost to Jessica Andrade and Calvillo but got passed Kalindra Faria and Ariane Lipski wise ease but then fell to Katlyn Chookagian in a decision. Calderwood then squeaked past Andrea Lee in a split decision but is coming off submission loss to Jennifer Maia who went on to fight for the title.


This will be a very competitive striking contest between Eye’s boxing and Calderwood’s Muay Thai. They are the same height with virtually the same reach, but Eye will have the weight and power advantage on the night.

A knockout is unlikely despite three rounds of trading. Eye’s last knockout was back in 2014 (Leslie Smith) and Calderwood’s was in 2016 (Valerie Letourneau) so we can expect an attritional battle where whoever can deliver the most significant strikes and damage will sway the judges.

Eye’s boxing technique and power could inflict more damage but Calderwood’s varied arsenal with leg kicks, elbows and knees in the clinch can look more impressive in the judge’s eyes. This is very close to call and got split decision written all over it. It will depend on who has had the better preparations and who is more confident on the night.

Prediction: Eye via Decision

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