With the excitement of revamped belt designs, the start of an ESPN era, and an endangered men’s flyweight division, there is one bout in particular at UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn that is soaring slightly under the radar.
That bout is none other than the UFC debut of the highly touted ‘Violence Queen,’ Ariane Lipski.
Fans familiar with Lipski know that she brings well-rounded game to the Octagon that is highlighted by her ultra aggressive striking style and killer instinct. Fans not familiar with Lipski– do not let her sweet smile and eye glasses fool you.
Lipski (11-3) rides a nine-fight win streak into the Octagon. Of her 11 pro career wins, six come by way of KO/TKO and two by way of submission (an arm bar and a rear naked choke).
She is most known for her work in Poland’s premiere MMA organization, KSW, where she was the flyweight champion– a title that she vacated to enter the UFC.
Aside from her aggression and dedication, one of Lipski’s biggest weapons is her knockout power. When she throws, she throws with ill intentions. Her physical strength and conditioning provide a fight-ending sense of danger that leaves fans on the edge of their seats from bell to bell.
To say that she’s learned from her three career losses would be an understatement– with every outing Ariane shows development in all areas of her game.
At only 24-years-old, Lipski has every quality it takes to be the next big breakout star.
Standing across from Ariane Lipski ready to thrown down on Saturday will be Scottish striking sensation, Joanne Calderwood.
Calderwood entered the UFC through TUF 18 as a strawweight. After years of draining her body to make 115, with a 2-3 strawweight record in the UFC, JoJo has found a permanent home at flyweight.
‘JoJo 2.0’ is in the middle of, so to say, a career resurgence. Now comfortable at her true weight class, JoJo feels more motivated and than ever. She is 2-0 as a UFC flyweight with a TKO victory over Valerie Letourneau (in the first ever UFC flyweight bout in 2016) and an arm bar submission victory (the first of her career) over Kalindra Faria in August.
Joanne has waned through trial and tribulations to get to where she is. Now training at Syndicate MMA and staying in Las Vegas, Calderwood knows title contention is within grasp.
Calderwood is not one to back down from a fight. The soft-spoken Scot is a talented Muay Thai striker who has been waiting for an opponent to be willing and daring enough to trade shots with her.
She may have very well found the one in Lipski– and for that, you do not want to miss this flyweight fight at UFC Fight Night 143 in Brooklyn on ESPN.