UFC: After Tough Loss and Passing Out Backstage, Calderwood Issues Statement

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 31: Joanne Calderwood of Scotland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on July 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Bad Mofo JoJo” had a bad night at the office on Saturday. At UFC Vegas 5, “Jojo” — properly Joanne Calderwood — gave up what many saw as a guaranteed title shot in order to stay busy, stepping up against Jennifer Maia.

It didn’t work out as planned. Within a round, Calderwood (14-5) had tapped to a painful looking arm-bar. Brazil’s Maia (18-6-1) may not exactly leap-frog her in the rankings, but the Scottish fighter will need to work her way back to contention now. A fight against Valentina Shevchenko will not be next.

To make matters worse the 33-year old had a little health scare backstage. Following the fight, it appeared Calderwood fainted. UFC President Dana White confirmed as much during the event’s post-fight press conference.

Calderwood was transported to hospital and kept overnight. Sunday, she released a statement via Instagram on the loss and what came after.

“Well that was a rough night at the office..congratulations to Jenifer Maia..I’m so grateful for my family, friends and fans that are here to help pick me back up in this crazy life we all share,” Calderwood wrote. “It’s a fight, everyday we all fight, but it’s not everyday it goes our way. Thanks to all the [UFC] staff, the medics and docs at umc.. oh and my knight in shining armour [John Wood] sorry for scaring you babe!”

Wood, for those unaware, is both Calderwood’s coach and fiance, so he had twice the reason to worry Saturday.

The good news is, it appears Calderwood is doing well. She wasn’t the only fighter to pass out Saturday, either. Trevin Giles reportedly became faint prior to his fight with Kevin Holland, and was pulled from the card, although he told officials he was willing to fight.

No reason has been given for either Calderwood or Giles’ health scares.

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