Joanne Calderwood


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.
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Can't hold off submission
August 1, 2020
Calderwood lost to Jennifer Maia via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Calderwood deserves all the credit in the world for taking this fight, as she essentially had a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko locked up but elected to instead stay active. The two exchanged blows early, but Calderwood was able to catch a kick and turn it into a takedown around the midway point. She did an excellent job maintaining top control despite being at a size disadvantage, but Maia's slick jiu-jitsu from her back turned out to be too much. Maia got a hold of Calderwood's arm, and it was all over from there. It's an incredibly tough break for Calderwood, but she still deserves to see ranked opponents for the foreseeable future.
Added to Aug. 1 event
July 20, 2020
Calderwood will square off against Jennifer Maia at the Aug. 1 UFC event in place of Viviane Araujo, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Calderwood is replacing Araujo on the card after Araujo tested positive for COVID-19 and will thus not be able to make the bout. She will be taking the clash on short notice as she aims for a second straight victory following a split-decision win over Andrea Lee last September.
Title shot delayed
March 31, 2020
Calderwood is no longer scheduled to face Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight title fight June 6 at UFC 251 at Perth with Shevchenko planning to withdraw due to an unspecified injury, Danny Segura of USA Today reports.
The coronavirus pandemic had already posed a threat to the event being postponed entirely, but the injury to Shevchenko will delay Calderwood's chance to claim the flyweight belt. Calderwood noted Tuesday in an Instagram Live session that she's hoping for the fight to be rebooked in either July or August, seemingly suggesting that Shevchenko's injury isn't a long-term concern. After getting off to a 3-2 start to her time in the UFC, Calderwood has gone 3-1 since moving up to the 125-pound division.
Gets title shot
February 19, 2020
Calderwood will face Valentina Shevchenko is a flyweight title fight at UFC 251 on June 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Coming off one of the biggest victories of her career -- a split-decision win over Andrea Lee at UFC 242 in September -- Calderwood will get a chance to dethrone Shevchenko, the current flyweight champion. Shevchenko is coming off a successful title defense against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 earlier in the month.
Given medical suspension
September 10, 2019
Calderwood has been given a medical suspenssion up to six months due to a nasal issue, Dave Doyle of reports.
Calderwood defeated Andrea Lee via split-decision at UFC 242, one of the most important victories of her career, but she will now have to sit out awhile before she can build on that momentum. The nasal issue she is dealing with is a result of the fight. A mid-March return could be possible if she ends up serving her full suspension.