In a women’s flyweight bout on the main card for UFC 257, Jessica Eye will face Joanne Calderwood Saturday live from UFC Fight Island and available on ESPN+ PPV.
The 34-year-old Eye enters the octagon a slight underdog as the odds are very close leading into Saturday night. She has a professional fighting record of 15-8 (1 NC), and is ranked sixth in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings. “Evil” Eye last fought at UFC on ESPN 10 in June, where she lost by unanimous decision to Cynthia Calvillo.
Eye will try to use her striking and grappling abilities as she averages just 3.65 strikes per minute with a striking accuracy of 36 percent. But she almost absorbs the same amount of strikes in return at 3.54 per minute, with a defense at 58 percent. When it comes to grappling, she boasts a 0.4 takedown average with an accuracy of 45 percent.
Calderwood walks into Fight Island as the favorite with a professional fighting record of 14-5. The 34-year-old last fought in August at UFC Fight Night 173, where she lost to Jennifer Maia. The Scot is the better striker than her opponent, which could work in her favor. Calderwood lands 6.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 48 percent, and defends against strikes at 4.31 per minute.
Lastly she can also get wrestle inside the octagon if need be. Calderwood is averaging 1.9 takedowns per minute with 57 percent accuracy. And she also possesses a modest 0.5 takedown average per 15 minutes plus 55 percent takedown accuracy.
Here are the odds and betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood at UFC 257 on January 23rd.
Odds and Betting splits
Jessica Eye: -105 (48% of action, 47% of bets)
Joanne Calderwood: -117 (52% of action, 53% of bets)
Winning Method splits
Jessica Eye By Decision: +185 47% of action, 20% of bets
Jessica Eye By KO, TKO or DQ: +700 4% of action, 14% of bets
Jessica Eye By Submission: +800 0% of action, 7% of bets
Joanne Calderwood By Decision+115 28% of action, 41% of bets
Joanne Calderwood By KO, TKO or DQ: +1200 2% of action, 7% of bets
Joanne Calderwood By Submission+1300: 14% of action, 7% of bets
Tie: +5000 4% of action, 5% of bets
DraftKings DFS Values
Jessica Eye: $7,800
Joanne Calderwood: $8,400
Looking at how the betting line is trending, it appears we have a good fight. But in regards to MMA DFS Calderwood might be the better play, but not by a lot. “Evil” Eye is averaging 43.4 fantasy points per fight and scored underwhelming 28 fantasy points.
Meanwhile, Calderwood is averaging 72.2 fantasy points per fight and is also coming off a low-scoring performance (21 fantasy points) in August against Maia. But what might help her and your lineup is she’s always good to land a takedown to go along with a large amount of significant strikes.
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