UFC Fight Night APEX Betting Preview and Free Play: Joanne Calderwood vs. Jennifer Maia

by Tyler Vaysman | July 28, 2020 |

The next UFC event will feature an interesting matchup in the co-main event. The two fighters that will be headlining that fight will be Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia. 

Date: Saturday, August 1, 8:00 PM

Venue: UFC APEX

Watch on: ESPN+

The Fighters 

Joanne Calderwood (14-4-0)

Calderwood is currently ranked 3rd in the women’s flyweight division. Her fighting resume shows that she has 5 wins by knockout, 8 by decision, and 1 by submission. 

“JoJo” has a striking accuracy at 50 percent and a grappling accuracy at 53 percent. She lands 5.86 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 4.14. This ratio is on the positive side, but shows some higher volume in both her strikes and amount absorbed. 

She has a takedown defense at 54 percent and a significant strike defense at 50 percent. She also averages 1.61 takedowns and 0.72 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Jennifer Maia (17-6-1)

Maia is currently ranked 6th in the women’s flyweight division. Her fighting resume shows that she has 4 wins by knockout, 4 by submission, and 9 by decision. 

Maia has a striking accuracy at 38 percent and a grappling accuracy at 50 percent. She lands 4.05 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 3.78. This ratio is also positive, but could defend more too. 

She has a takedown defense at 75 percent and a significant strike defense at 53 percent. She also averages 0.25 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. 

Odds For This Event 

The market looks to have the lines about the same across the board. BetDSI has the odds currently placed at:

Calderwood: -192

Maia: +164

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

Both of these fighters look to pair well on paper and should offer a great fighter for fans. For UFC betting, are the odds justified here?

Maia has a fairly balanced resume and has shown to win with any category needed. Her numbers are solid, but could use a little more defense against significant strikes. 

Calderwood has a slightly better appeal here. However, she needs to defend well too against significant strikes or land a lot more hits for this one. 

I like Calderwood’s chances here but only by a little bit. Maia is going to be a tough opponent, as this one could go either way. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Calderwood wins via decision 

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