Joanne Calderwood rebounded from a loss in her last fight. | Piotr Pedziszewski/Sherdog.com
Short-notice opponent Cortney Casey came out swinging, and Joanne Calderwood responded.
The strawweight combatants pocketed a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus as a result of their entertaining clash at UFC Fight Night at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow on Saturday. Meanwhile, Joseph Duffy and Steven Ray received $50,000 “Performance of the Night” paychecks for their respective victories.
Coming off an upset loss to Maryna Moroz in her last outing, Calderwood started slowly against Casey, as the Phoenix-based fighter put the Invicta FC veteran on her heels with a barrage of hard punches in the bout’s opening moments. Calderwood came to life as the contest progressed, battering her tiring foe with straight punches, knees and elbows in the clinch and ground-and-pound on the mat. A spinning back kick to the liver in round three dropped Casey and put a stamp on Calderwood’s unanimous decision triumph.
Meanwhile, Duffy, still best known as the last man to beat interim featherweight champ Conor McGregor, continues to make a name for himself in the Octagon, as he submitted Ivan Jorge with a triangle choke at the 3:05 mark of round one. After controlling the action on the feet, the Irishman smoothly transitioned to the fight-ending submission when the Brazilian attempted to take the action to the mat.
Finally, Scotland’s Ray delighted the Glasgow audience with a rousing first-round stoppage of Leonardo Mafra Texeira. The Dinky Ninjas representative came out firing and clipped his Brazilian opponent with a right hook early. Ray kept the heat on a wobbly Texeira from there, eventually sending his man to the canvas with a left hook and clinching the victory with follow-up punches 2:30 into the opening frame.