Joanne Calderwood


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.
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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.
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.