Joanne Calderwood Locks Up First Career Submission To Move to 2-0 at Flyweight

Joanne Calderwood returned from more than a year away to pick up an impressive first round submission in the featured bout on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday night

Joanne Calderwood can now add a submission win to her resume.

The former “Ultimate Fighter” contender, who spent the last year out of action while also relocating her training camp to Las Vegas, needed less than one round to tap out Kalindra Faria in the featured bout on the early prelims from UFC Fight Night in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The victory was doubly important for Calderwood not only because of the time off but it also put her back on track following two losses in a row.

While she was facing a fellow striker on Saturday night, Calderwood was quickly taken down to the mat by Faria in the opening seconds of the first round.

Calderwood played good defense from the bottom while Faria struggled to really advance her position or do much damage after landing the takedown.

Late in the round, Calderwood’s hard work paid off as she slipped her legs up around Faria’s head and locked on a triangle choke. With less than a minute remaining it looked like Faria might escape the round until Calderwood adjusted and moved from the triangle choke to the arm bar submission.

Calderwood straightened Faria’s arm and then wrenched up on the submission even harder to finally get the tap with less than 10 seconds remaining until the horn.

The end officially came at 4:57 into round one.

Afterwards, an exuberant Calderwood celebrated her victory after she was the first women’s fighter in the UFC to get a win at 125 pounds back in 2016. Now 2-0 in the division, Calderwood just wants to stay busy while hoping to get one more fight before the year is over.

“I want to stay active,” Calderwood said following the win. “This is the division where I can stay active. I want to fight every two months or so. My goal is to be active and fight whoever they put in front of me.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.

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