Joanne Calderwood


Will take on Grasso
August 2, 2021
Calderwood will face Alexa Grasso in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event set for Nov. 20, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Calderwood has gone 1-1 this year, after defeating Jessica Eye via unanimous decision and losing to Lauren Murphy via split decision at UFC 263 in her most recent fight last June. She has been a very inconsistent fighter for the better part of the last three years and will be looking for a bounce-back effort this time around.
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Drops tight decision at UFC 263
June 12, 2021
Calderwood lost to Lauren Murphy via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
It's a crushing result for Calderwood in a fight in which she could have possibly earned a title shot with a strong effort. The only clear round was the second, and that went in favor of Murphy. As expected, Calderwood appeared to be the more comfortable and fluent striker, but Murphy did a decent job of limiting her overall space and not allowing Calderwood to throw countless unanswered combinations. "JoJo" has been alternating wins and losses for the past 2.5 years. Calderwood stands a decent chance of making another run at 125 pounds given the complete lack of depth in the division, but this was a massive setback for the 34-year-old.
Taking on Lauren Murphy in June
March 27, 2021
Calderwood and Lauren Murphy agreed to a flyweight bout at UFC 263 on June 12, reports.
JoJo took down Jessica Eye via unanimous decision in January and could earn a title shot with another victory in June. Murphy defeated Liliya Shakirova via submission (rear-naked choke) to extend her win streak to four bouts back in October, and she could also garner a title shot by extending that streak.
Easily returns to win column
January 23, 2021
Calderwood defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a strong performance from Calderwood in a prime rebound spot coming off her shocking first-round submission loss at the hands of Jennifer Maia last August. While JoJo allowed Jessica to make this a dirty boxing match, the technical skill between the two was overwhelming and clearly obvious throughout the entirety of the bout. Every time the two women separated, Calderwood popped Eye with a big shot on the exit. Eye continued to fire shots to the head while JoJo strung together combinations and peppered the body. While Calderwood looked good, the truth of the matter is a victory over Eye in the early days of 2020 means stunningly little. Calderwood isn't any realistic threat to take the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship from long-time division queen Valentina Shevchenko, but a realistic argument can be made that JoJo is a better fighter than any of the last four opponents Valentina has faced. That being, Maia, Katlyn Chookagian, Liz Carmouche and Eye.
Will fight Eye on Jan. 23
October 17, 2020
Calderwood will battle Jessica Eye in a flyrweight matchup at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, MMA DNA reports.
Calderwood is coming off a loss to Jennifer Maia via submission (armbar) on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. Calderwood was also taken to the hospital following that fight after fainting backstage but has since recovered. Eye will be coming off a loss as well to Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision June 13. Physically, the two measure up almost identically in both height and reach. Statistically, however, Calderwood has major advantages in both striking and takedown volume. That may be why oddsmakers list Calderwood as the betting favorite of (-120) as of early-January.
Faints after fight, taken to hospital
August 2, 2020
Calderwood fainted backstage after her loss to Jennifer Maia on Saturday and was transported to a local hospital immediately thereafter, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The good news is that Calderwood was awake and responsive, and while her heart rate dropped on the way there, things appear to be back under control. It's unclear at this time exactly what caused this situation following her first-round loss to Maia, but it's fair to wonder if something non-fight-related played a role in her performance. Calderwood is the second fighter at Saturday's event to faint in the locker room, as a similar scenario played out with Trevin Giles prior to his fight with Kevin Holland, resulting in the bout's cancellation.