Arguably Joanne Calderwood’s (11-2) best performance in the UFC was at Fight Night 89 in Ontario, Canada when she TKO’d Valerie Letourneau in round three of what was the first ever UFC women’s flyweight bout. Unfortunately, for a while after that fight the UFC showed little to no interest in developing the women’s 125 division. Months later, and just days after JoJo signed a bout agreement against Cynthia Calvillo in Calderwood’s homeland of Scotland, the UFC announced that season 26 of TUF would introduce the flyweight division. Check out Calderwood’s comments below about her upcoming opponent Cynthia Calvillo, what it means to fight in her hometown, and how she’s “gutted” she initially missed a chance to fight at flyweight next instead.
On taking the fight at 115 pounds:
I was gutted. I had already been speaking to the UFC about struggling to make the weight again for health reasons and for everything. I really wanted to fight, and they told me about Glasgow. … This is really important to me. So I was a bit gutted, but f*** it– I’m here now.
On fighting up-and-comer Cynthia Calvillo:
I respect her. I think she’s a great fighter, and I think it’s great for any fighter to get hype behind them, especially with the sport going the way it is. I’m pleased for her, but it’s not going to make any difference on Sunday.
On moving up in weight for her next bout”
I’m just concentrating on this fight, make weight, and then it’s up to me whether I want to go to 125 or see what options are at 115. You’d see the happy ‘JoJo’ (at flyweight). I feel like it takes so much stress off the fight.
On her face-off with Calvillo at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference:
When I saw her smirking I thought,‘You’re in for a hell of a night in Glasgow’. No one can stand there in front of me and smirk at me like that. If you do that, you are going to pay for it. I learnt a lot from the Andrade fight. I have now looked at the holes in my game and then my strengths and just put everything together. You have to know what you want to do in the fight, so it just taught me a lot. You are now going to see the best JoJo Calderwood yet.
Sources: MMA Junkie, Daily Star UK
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