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UFC Fight Night 113 Primer: Joanne Calderwood, Scotland’s Star

Joanne Calderwood has probably gone as high as she’s going to go in the UFC rankings, but in her time in the cage and on our television screens, she’s left an impression as a likable lady ready and willing to throw down – and sometimes that’s enough. It’s certainly enough for the folks in her […]

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UFC Fight Night 113 Primer: Joanne Calderwood, Scotland’s Star

Joanne Calderwood has probably gone as high as she’s going to go in the UFC rankings, but in her time in the cage and on our television screens, she’s left an impression as a likable lady ready and willing to throw down – and sometimes that’s enough. It’s certainly enough for the folks in her […]

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Joanne Calderwood fueled by Cynthia Calvillo’s ‘smirk’ at Summer Kickoff staredown

Joanne Calderwood wasn’t too excited to leave her training camp in Montreal to attend last week’s UFC Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas. But luckily for her, the trip ended up adding more fuel to her fire following a contentious staredown with opponent Cynthia Calvillo.

“I didn’t really want to miss training, but I’m so glad that I went,” Calderwood said Monday on The MMA Hour, “because that smirk just adds a little bit more fierceness to my training camp.”

Calderwood is scheduled to meet Calvillo on July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Calderwood’s home country of Glasgow, Scotland.

The two strawweights kicked off the match-up last week at the UFC’s big press conference, after which Calvillo confronted “Dr. Kneevil” with a confident smile while putting a fist in her face during their faceoff. Calderwood answered back with her own sarcastic grin, and the exchange stuck with the 30-year-old Scotland native.

“I’ve never had that before,” Calderwood said. “I saw her smirking and I was like, ‘you’re in for a hell of a night.’ Like, don’t think you’re coming into Glasgow to — I’m so determined that I’m going to show my true potential and just, no one is going to take that away from me. I guess I was just in the zone and it could’ve been anyone in front of me, I’m just like, ‘no, this is where I’m supposed to be, and no one in front of me can stand there and smirk at me and think they’re going to take it away from me.’”

Altogether, the opportunity on July 16 is a significant one for Calderwood. Calvillo appears to be someone the UFC has targeted for a big promotional push; both of her first two UFC fights were slotted on pay-per-view main cards, and UFC president Dana White spoke glowingly of the Team Alpha Male prospect following her UFC 210 victory over Pearl Gonzalez.

But the chance to be a part of a major UFC press conference like the Summer Kickoff was a new one for both Calvillo and Calderwood, and both caught a firsthand glimpse of the explosive rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, who took over the proceedings even before they began by hurling threats (and a water bottle) at one another behind the scenes.

“I was sitting in the back watching,” Calderwood said. “I was thinking, ‘oh sh*t, this is before the curtain was down? So God knows what they’re going to do when people are watching,’ because you know, they want to put on a good show and stuff. That was just for the fighters backstage, so I was like, ‘oh, it’s going to get a lot worse when there’s a whole bunch of fans in front of us.’ But to be fair, there was probably more action when the curtain was up.”

After the festivities were over, Calderwood headed back to Montreal to resume her training camp at Tristar Gym for one of the most important fights thus far of her career.

While Calderwood entered the UFC with high expectations as an undefeated contender in the strawweight class, her Octagon run has thus far been a rocky one, slowed by a 3-2 record and issues in her personal life. But Calderwood said she learned a lot from her last fight, a first-round submission loss to Jessica Andrade at UFC 203.

Andrade went on to unsuccessfully challenge UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title, and Calderwood indicated that much has changed in her life since that disappointing performance against the Brazilian.

“With my fight with Jessica, I saw that I have to — I can’t just lay there and play jiu-jitsu. I have to get back to my feet,” Calderwood said. “And that was a problem for me last year, I was trying to get better at jiu-jitsu, whereas I should’ve been getting better at scrambling, getting back to my feet, getting back to my strength and doing more Muay Thai.

“That fight taught me a lot, because being a mixed martial arts fighter, it’s so hard. Like, you have to schedule everything and you have to know what you want to do, and what you want to do in the fight, so it just taught me that I had to take a step back and look at the holes in my game and then look at my strengths and just put everything together.

“Also, finding a team, that’s been a big thing as well,” Calderwood added. “It’s so hard being in this sport, there’s so many coaches and so many different martial arts that you need to know and put all your time into. And obviously I was a little bit vulnerable last year and the year before, so a lot of people see that and they want to control me, and they try and give me good advice and stuff, but now it’s just a case of me knowing what’s good for me and me working with myself and doing what I want to do. And I guess all this sh*t just takes time, and I’m getting there.”

Given the UFC’s matchmaking tendencies, it appears from the outside that the promotion is matching Calderwood up against Calvillo as not only a test for Calvillo’s readiness in the division, but also a chance for the up-and-comer to use Calderwood’s name as a springboard into her own title run.

But Calderwood isn’t concerned with the reasoning behind the match-up. She’s simply ready to get back on track for her own road to gold.

“Who knows what they’re thinking?” Calderwood said. “I’m just there to fight and I don’t care about all the politics and all that sh*t. Like, if they think that, then so be it. But I just have to do my job and turn up to these pressers or do my P.R. and stuff, but my job is to deliver in the Octagon.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood full fight video highlights

Watch Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood full fight video highlights from UFC 203′s main card above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem took place September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Women’s strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade (15-5) and Joanne Calderwood (11-2) collided on the night’s main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Andrade vs. Calderwood, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Here we go, kicking off the main card here in Cleveland. Should be a good strawweight fight here. Can Calderwood weather the early attack of Andrade? Referee for this one is Jerry Poe. They touch gloves….

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Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood full fight video highlights

Watch Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood full fight video highlights from UFC 203′s main card above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem took place September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Women’s strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade (15-5) and Joanne Calderwood (11-2) collided on the night’s main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Andrade vs. Calderwood, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Here we go, kicking off the main card here in Cleveland. Should be a good strawweight fight here. Can Calderwood weather the early attack of Andrade? Referee for this one is Jerry Poe. They touch gloves….

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Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood full fight video highlights

Watch Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood full fight video highlights from UFC 203′s main card above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem took place September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Women’s strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade (15-5) and Joanne Calderwood (11-2) collided on the night’s main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Andrade vs. Calderwood, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Here we go, kicking off the main card here in Cleveland. Should be a good strawweight fight here. Can Calderwood weather the early attack of Andrade? Referee for this one is Jerry Poe. They touch gloves….

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