Joanne Calderwood issues statement after health scare on Saturday


Joanne Calderwood had a rough night on Saturday.The UFC flyweight contender lost via a first-round armband to Brazilian Jennifer Maia in the UFC main co-event on ESPN + 31 in Las Vegas. In addition to losing her position as No.1 contender, when she was supposed to challenge champion Valentina Shevchenko before accepting the Maia fight, Calderwood (14-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) fainted backstage during his post-fight medical screenings, as UFC President Dana White revealed during the evening’s post-fight press conference at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

“JoJo” was immediately taken to the hospital, where she spent the night. She was released on Sunday morning and is now well, resting at home, according to her management team. The cause of his fainting remains unknown at this time.

In an Instagram post, Calderwood spoke of the loss, as well as his fear of health:

“Well, it was a rough night at the office,” Calderwood wrote. “Congratulations to Jennifer Maia. I am so grateful to my family, friends and fans who are there to help me get up in this crazy life that we all share. It’s a fight, every day we all fight, but it’s not every day that it goes our way. Thanks to all @ufc staff, umb doctors and docs. Oh and my knight in shining armor @ bigwoodmma702, sorry for scaring you baby! #Never give up ”

Calderwood was 3-1 in his four fights before the loss to Maia. The 33-year-old currently sits 9th in the latest USA TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie women’s flyweight rankings.

Below is Calderwood’s full statement following the UFC loss on ESPN + 31 (via


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