Joanne Wood



Losing streak hits three
March 26, 2022
Wood lost to Alexa Grasso via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
It's Wood's third straight defeat and her fourth in her past five bouts. The setback seems more likely than not to cost Wood her roster spot. As has been the case for most of her time with the company, Wood had a couple bright moments but was unable to string anything together for any significant length of time. She lost a couple of weird positional battles along the fence, the second of which resulted in Grasso taking her back and choking her out. If this is indeed the end, Wood would finish her 15-fight with an 7-8 record. More was expected from Wood.
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Facing off against Grasso in March
January 12, 2022
Wood (hand) is scheduled to face Alexa Grasso in a flyweight fight March 26 at the UFC's event in Columbus, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Wood (15-7-0) returns to the Octagon for the first time since November, when she lost to Taila Santos via submission at the UFC's event in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old emerged from the bout with a fractured left hand, but she'll receive full medical clearance in advance of the March 26 matchup with Grasso (13-3-0).
Facing medical suspension
November 23, 2021
Wood faces a potential six-month medical suspension for a hand injury, reports.
Wood was submitted in the first round by Talia Santos on Saturday and may have fractured her hand in the process. If her X-rays are positive, she won't fight until at least May 20 unless cleared by a doctor.
Quickly finished by Talia Santos
November 20, 2021
Wood lost to Talia Santos via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:49 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The biggest underdog on the card at +320, Wood was blown out of the water by a fighter who appears to be one of the brightest female prospects in the sport today. Known for her durability, Wood was knocked down twice before being submitted. To say Wood's UFC run is in dire straits would be an understatement. She has lost back-to-back fights, is 2-4 in her past half-dozen bouts, and turns 35 years of age two days before Christmas. Wood has simply not been able to find her footing since joining the company in December 2014, and she could be running out of time to make an impact in the UFC.
Opponent changes for next bout
October 8, 2021
Calderwood won't face Alexa Grasso on their previously scheduled bout for Nov. 20 and will now fight Taila Santos instead, according to Brett Okamoto of
There's no clarity as to why Grasso dropped out of the bout, but Santos is a tough opponent in her own right. In fact, both Calderwood and Santos are ranked in the Top 10 of the UFC in the flyweight category. Calderwood will look to end the year with a winning record since she's gone 1-1 so far in 2021.
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.