UFC Lincoln turned out to be a cracking fight card.
Adding to the greatness of UFC Lincoln were two women’s fights! Now that the two fights are over, where do the winning fighters go from here? The winning fighters have options, and I’ll tell you what can be next for them!
The return of Joanne Calderwood didn’t last very long. In fact, it didn’t even last one round. She beat Kalindra Faria via a sweet triangle choke turned into armbar. Calderwood has always been known for her striking and that’s most likely why her opponent, Faria, took her down. That proved to be a mistake, given Calderwood did well on her back and showed she is able to submit opponents. Here’s a fun fact, this was Calderwood’s first submission victory.
— UFC (@ufc) August 25, 2018
JoJo 2.0 (as she calls herself) showed she’s back healthy and determined. Calderwood called for another fight before the year ends– quite possibly on the UFC 232 card headlined by Women’s Featherweight championship fight between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes? Maybe? Hopefully?
Calderwood’s new division, flyweight, is absolutely stacked from champion to the number fifteen and lower. Calderwood will have her work cut out for her to get back into the rankings. But if her fight at UFC Lincoln was any kind of indication, she’s ready and willing. Now JoJo 2.0 needs and wants another fight.
Calderwood is a fan favorite because of her attitude and the way she fights. The UFC seems to love her as well. A top-15 opponent wouldn’t be too far-fetched considering she is currently ranked number 15 in the strawweight division and won her last fight seemingly easily. There is a fighter sitting in the top-15 that hasn’t fought since January– Mara Romero Borella sits at number 12 and needs a fight. This would be a big step up in competition for Calderwood but she has shown to be down for a fight. Borella’s last victory was against the woman Calderwood just beat, Faria, last October. So the matchup between Calderwood and Borella makes sense. Especially if the UFC wants to push Calderwood into the Flyweight rankings.
In what could have been the Fight of the Night, Cortney Casey defeated Angela Hill by split-decision. In the fight with Hill, Casey showed she is determined to be one of the better strikers in the Strawweight division. She mixed up her head shots to body shots well. She was even able to Hill down once – the lone takedown in the fight. Casey was able to keep pace with a quicker fighter in Hill.
— UFC (@ufc) August 26, 2018
Casey used her post-fight interview to call a fighter out. Which I absolutely love and wish more fighters used their time in from of the cameras to do so. Her call out? Mackenzie Dern! That is a scary fight for Casey. Only because Dern is so good on the ground. If it stays standing, which it could because Casey is good at keeping distance, she has a chance at defeating the UFC’s newest starlet.
As already mentioned, Casey is ranked 11. Mackenzie Dern is unranked. So this callout might have something more to it than just a fight.
Casey trains at The MMA Lab in Arizona. Dern used to train at The MMA Lab but was asked to leave after her UFC debut. Maybe Casey and Dern have a past we don’t know about. But the callout from Casey to Dern did raise suspicion. It might be nothing more than Cortney Casey wanting to knock off a rising star in her division or it can be way more than that. I have a feeling with time we will find out if there really is more to this story.
While waiting for the details on a potential Casey-Dern beef, the UFC should make this fight. Cortney Casey asked for it and she is a ranked fighter. While Dern needs a fight and one against Casey would bring an opportunity for her to be ranked if she wins. Casey doesn’t have a ton to gain in this fight but the UFC should capitalize on the call-out.