Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski moved to UFC’s first card on ESPN+
The flyweight talents were originally booked to face each other at the UFC 233 pay-per-view card in Anaheim on Jan. 26, but the promotion announced on Thursday that the match-up has been moved to the Jan. 19 show in Brooklyn, for UFC’s debut on ESPN+.
Calderwood (12-3) recently snapped a two-fight losing skid with a first-round submission victory over Kalindra Faria in her return to the flyweight division in August, bouncing back from losses to Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo at strawweight.
Lipski (11-3), a former 125-pound champion at KSW, was expected to make her Octagon debut in November, but Maryna Moroz was pulled from the UFC Argentina card due to an injury. “The Violence Queen” last fought in March, defending her KSW belt with a win over Silvana Gomez Juarez in Poland.
The UFC has yet to announce the main event for its first event on ESPN+. Set to take place at the Barclays Center, the card includes Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich, Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba and ex-NFL star Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder, among others.