ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

Jessica Andrade is proving to be a powerhouse in the UFC's strawweight division.

The 24-year-old Brazilian made a statement at UFC 203 on Saturday night, earning a first round submission victory over Joanne Calderwood. After dominating "Jo Jo" on the ground for most of the fight, Andrade was able to sink in a guillotine choke late in the opening frame, finally getting the tapout at 4:38.

The win was Andrade's second since dropping down to the 115 lb. division, improving to 15-5 with her seventh career submission victory. Meanwhile, Calderwood took home only her second career defeat, falling to 11-2 with the loss.

The Scottish fighter held her own on the feet, opening the fight with a myriad of lead leg kicks to Andrade's legs and body. She was even able to cut the Brazilian early on with an elbow.

However, Andrade clearly had an advantage when it came to the grappling, easily taking Calderwood down each time they tied up. While "Jo Jo" was able to cage walk her way back to her feet following the first takedown, Andrade had no trouble dragging the fight back to the ground.

To her credit, Calderwood did her best to fight from her back, refusing to let Andrade completely dominate from the top with ground and pound strikes. Calderwood used a deep half guard sweep to try and escape on several occasions, and was finally able to get back to her feet again late in the first round.

Unfortunately for the Scottish fighter, Andrade quickly got hold of Calderwood's neck and pulled guard while holding onto to the guillotine choke. Calderwood had no choice but to tap out.

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