Joanne Calderwood

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Joanne Calderwood
Born (1986-12-23) 23 December 1986 (age 32)
Irvine, Scotland
Other namesJoJo
ResidenceKilmarnock, Scotland
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionStrawweight (2012-2016)
Flyweight (2012-present)
Reach66 in (168 cm)[2]
StyleMuay Thai
Fighting out ofGlasgow, Scotland
TeamDinky Ninjas Fight Team
The Griphouse Gym
Tristar Gym (2016-2017)[3][4]
Syndicate MMA (2018-present)[4]
TrainerJohn Wood, Guy Ramsey, Paul McVeigh, James Doolan and Dean Riley
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
Years active2012-present
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision6
By submission2
By decision1
Other information
Notable relativesJemma Calderwood
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joanne Calderwood (born 23 December 1986) is a Scottish professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai champion who competes in the Women's Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of December 18, 2018, she is ranked #10 in the official flyweight rankings.[6]


Calderwood first got started in Muay Thai training by accident. When she was 13, her younger brother was meant to go to a class with his friend who stood him up, so her mother asked her to go along to keep him company. She fell in love with it and begged her mother to allow her to give up competitive swimming to do the two classes each week. This quickly led to doing two sessions a day and spending all of her time training on her own between these sessions.[7]

She worked several jobs growing up, including one after high school that involved her helping children and people who were on ventilation machines, monitoring them in the hospital and assisting them when needed. But those were 12-hour shifts, which drained energy and made training difficult.

She eventually found another gym, left that job to work at the gym and made a significant commitment to her training.

"I had to make a decision if I wanted to keep fighting or stay in my job," she said. "I wanted to keep fighting."[8]

Muay Thai[edit]

Calderwood started in Muay Thai in 2000 and was named STBA Fighter of the year in 2009.[9] She is the current ISKA World Flyweight Champion, IKF European Flyweight Champion, the WKL European Flyweight Champion and the WBC UK Bantamweight Champion and is ranked #2 in the world by the World Professional Muaythai Federation. Her final Muay Thai fight was in September 2012 and she had earned a record of 19-2-0.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Calderwood is Scotland's first professional female mixed martial artist.[10] She won her debut bout against Noellie Molina via TKO from punches in the first round.

She next fought at India's Super Fight League's third event, SFL 3, against Lena Ovchynnikova.[11] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Calderwood then competed at On Top 5, defeating Ainara Mota via TKO from punches.[13]

Invicta Fighting Championships and Cage Warriors Fighting Championships[edit]

She next competed at Invicta Fighting Championships' third event, Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, against Ashley Cummins on 6 October 2012.[14] Calderwood won the fight via knockout from a knee to the body in the first round.[15] She was awarded a Knockout of the Night bonus for the victory.[16]

Calderwood was scheduled to face Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on 5 January 2013 in Kansas City.[17] However, Hyatt was moved to the main event and Calderwood was instead matched up against Livia von Plettenberg.[18] Calderwood won the fight via unanimous decision.[19][20] This was Calderwood's debut on the main card of an Invicta FC event.

At Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 53 on 13 April 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, Calderwood faced American Sally Krumdiack.[21][22] She defeated Krumdiack by first-round TKO.[23]

Calderwood was scheduled to face undefeated BJJ black belt Claudia Gadelha at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on 13 July 2013,[24] but Gadelha was moved into a fight against Ayaka Hamasaki after Carla Esparza suffered an injury.[25] Calderwood was then set to face Sarah Schneider.[26] On 23 June, Schneider also withdrew due to injury and was replaced by Norma Rueda Center.[27] Calderwood defeated Rueda Center via unanimous decision.[28][29]

On 7 December 2013, Calderwood faced Katja Kankaanpää at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith.[30][31] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

On 11 December 2013, it was announced that Calderwood was signed by the UFC along with ten other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will crown the first ever UFC women's strawweight champion.[32] She defeated Emily Kagan by majority decision after two rounds to advance to the quarterfinals. She was defeated by Rose Namajunas in the quarterfinals via kimura in the second round. Despite her loss in this semifinal round fight, Calderwood was awarded a $25,000 Fight of the Season bonus for this bout.[33]

After TUF[edit]

Calderwood's first fight after The Ultimate Fighter was against Seohee Ham at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on 12 December 2014.[34] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[35]

Calderwood faced promotional newcomer Maryna Moroz on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. Calderwood lost the fight as she was quickly submitted via armbar in the first round.[36]

Calderwood's next fight was expected to be against Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 72 on 18 July 2015.[37] However, Rawlings pulled out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Cortney Casey.[38] After being rocked by punches and nearly finished in the first round, she rallied back to win the next two rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory.[39]

Calderwood was expected to face Paige VanZant on 10 December 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[40] However, Calderwood was pulled from the fight on 28 October and replaced by Rose Namajunas.[41]

Calderwood next faced Valérie Létourneau at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson in the first women's flyweight bout in UFC history.[42] She won the fight via TKO in the third round after striking Létourneau with a kick to the body and finishing her off with punches.

Calderwood faced Jéssica Andrade in a strawweight bout on 10 September 2016 at UFC 203.[43] She lost the fight via submission in the first round.[44]

Calderwood faced Cynthia Calvillo in a strawweight bout on 16 July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113. At the weigh-ins, Calderwood came in at 118 lbs, two pounds over the strawweight limit of 116 lbs. As a result, she will be fined 20% of her purse, which will go to Calvillo and their bout proceeded as scheduled at a catchweight.[45] Calderwood lost the fight via unanimous decision.[46]

Calderwood was, yet again, scheduled to face Bec Rawlings, in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017.[47] However on 7 November, it was announced that Calderwood withdrew from the event due to injury. She was replaced by promotional newcomer Jessica Rose-Clark.[48]

Calderwood faced Kalindra Faria on 25 August 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135.[49] She won the fight via submission in the first round.[50]

Calderwood is expected to face promotional newcomer Ariane Lipski on 19 January 2019 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 1.[51]



Mixed martial arts[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–3 Kalindra Faria Submission (triangle armbar) UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick 25 August 2018 1 4:57 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States Return to Flyweight.
Loss 11–3 Cynthia Calvillo Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio 16 July 2017 3 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland Catchweight (118 lbs) bout; Calderwood missed weight.
Loss 11–2 Jéssica Andrade Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 203 10 September 2016 1 4:38 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 11–1 Valérie Létourneau TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson 18 June 2016 3 2:51 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Flyweight bout.
Win 10–1 Cortney Casey Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites 18 July 2015 3 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland Fight of the Night.
Loss 9–1 Maryna Moroz Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 11 April 2015 1 1:30 Kraków, Poland
Win 9–0 Seohee Ham Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale 12 December 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Katja Kankaanpää Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith 7 December 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 7–0 Norma Rueda Center Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg 13 July 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 6–0 Sally Krumdiack TKO (punches) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 53 13 April 2013 1 3:08 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 5–0 Livia von Plettenberg Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt 5 January 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 4–0 Ashley Cummins TKO (knee to the body) Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama 6 October 2012 1 3:13 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Return to Strawweight. Knockout of the Night.
Win 3–0 Ainara Mota TKO (punches) On Top 5 2 June 2012 2 2:46 Glasgow, Scotland Catchweight (121 lbs) bout.
Win 2–0 Lena Ovchynnikova Decision (unanimous) SFL 3 6 May 2012 3 5:00 New Delhi, India Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Noellie Molina TKO (punches) On Top 4 25 February 2012 1 3:13 Glasgow, Scotland Strawweight debut.

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Rose Namajunas Submission (kimura) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned 3 December 2014 (airdate) 2 2:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–0 Emily Kagan Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned 17 September 2014 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Elimination round


See also[edit]


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