Joanne Calderwood

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Joanne Calderwood is a professional Mixed martial Artist from Scotland

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BirthdayDecember 23, 1986
NationalityBritish, Scottish
FamousSportspersons, Mixed Martial Artists
Birth PlaceGlasgow, Scotland
Born CountryUnited Kingdom
Height168
GenderFemale
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inGlasgow, Scotland
Famous asMixed Martial Artist
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Who is Joanne Calderwood?

Joanne Calderwood is a professional Mixed martial Artist from Scotland best known for competing in the Women’s Flyweight division of ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’. Joanne is the first ever Scottish woman professional wrestler to have come such a long way in mixed martial arts. She is also a Muay Thai professional, and ‘STBA Fighter of the Year’ (2009). Her famous fights before entering the ‘UFC’ include her debut as a mixed martial artist, India’s ‘Super Fight League’, ‘Invicta Fighting Championship’, ‘IFC: Fourth Event’, ‘Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 53’, etc. She won each one of these fights through unanimous decisions and knockouts. She, along with ten other fighters, entered ‘UFC’ in its 20th season. She competed for the first ever women’s ‘UFC Strawweight Championship’. She cleared the first round, but got defeated in the second. Nevertheless, her amazing performance earned her ‘Fight of the Season’ bonus.

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Childhood & Early Life

Joanne Calderwood was born on December 23, 1986, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. She has various nicknames like Jojo, The Whispering Assassin, Cyborginho, etc. She fell in love with wrestling after accompanying her younger brother to his Muay Thai training class.

She expressed her desire to learn the beautiful art of kickboxing, and even gave up on her swimming lessons to learn Muay Thai. That was the beginning of her long-term love affair with professional wrestling.

However, it wasn’t easy for Calderwood as she was forced to take up several odd jobs in order to support the expenses involved in her training. She finally found a job in a gym and decided to spend all her energy in training. She later said in one of her interviews that she just wanted to fight. She continued working in the gym until the first opportunity knocked on her door.

Career

Her Muay Thai training began in 2000 and by 2009, she had become the ‘STBA Fighter of the Year’. Her Muay Thai training finally came to an end in 2012. During her training period, she held an amazing record of 19 wins and two losses.

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Her next opportunity came in the form of ‘Super Fight League 3’ which took place on May 6, 2012 in India. She defeated her opponent Lena Ovchynnikova through unianimous decision by the judges. She showcased her skills in the tournament and used it as a platform to move forward in her career.

She became the top 5 fighters of the tournament after defeating Ainara Mota of France by knocking her out. Next, she participated and won at ‘Invicta Fighting Championship’. On 6 October, 2012, she defeated Ashley Cummins, an American mixed martial artist.

She won the ‘Knockout of the Night’ award for her incredible performance. She then faced and defeated Livia von Plettenberg via unanimous decision at another ‘Invicta FC’ event.

Calderwood then faced American pro wrestler Sally Krumdiack at the ‘Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’ in 2013. The event happened in Glasgow, and as expected, she defeated Sally in the first round itself.

In 2013, she defeated another wrestler named Katja Kankaanpaa at ‘FC 7: Honchak Vs. Smith’ through unanimous decision. Joanne finally got an opportunity to compete at the ‘UFC’ after stitching together a string of dominant performances.

Ultimate Fighting Championship Career

On December 11, 2013, ‘UFC’ signed Calderwood to compete in its 20th season. The event was organized in order to crown UFC’s first woman Strawweight Champion.

As determined as ever, Joanne sprinted her way to the quarter-finals after defeating Emily Kagan of America in just two rounds, but she was defeated by American wrestler Rose Namajunas. Despite the loss, she was awarded $25000 as a bonus as she managed to win the ‘Fight of the Season’ award.

Next, she defeated Seo Hee Ham to win ‘The Ultimate Fighter Finale’ on December 12, 2014. She then fought against Maryna Moroz at ‘UFC Fight Night 64’ and faced a defeat as she was forced to submit.

She won her next two UFC fights against Cortney Casey at ‘Fight Night 72’ and Valerie Letourneau at ‘Fight Night 89’. In 2016, Calderwood suffered another loss against Jessica Andrade at ‘UFC 203’. Once again, she was forced to submit by her opponent.

She was last seen in a UFC match in July 2017. She fought against Cynthia Calvillo at ‘UFC Fight Night 113’. She was defeated by her opponent through unanimous decision by the judges.

She was touted to face Bec Rawlings at ‘UFC Fight Night: Werdum Vs. Tybura’ on November 19, 2017. But she suffered an injury right before the fight and hence, she was replaced by a newcomer.

Awards & Achievements

She is a ‘IKF’ (International Kickboxing Federation) European Flyweight Champion.

She is also a ‘ISKA’ (International Sport Karate Association) World Flyweight Champion.

In 2009, Calderwood became ‘STBA Fighter of the Year’ (Scottish Thai Boxing).

‘WBC’ (World Boxing Council) Muay Thai British Flyweight Championship was won by her.

She is also a World Kickboxing League’s European Flyweight Champion.

As a mixed martial artist, she won the ‘Fight of the Season’ award in the 20th season of ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’.

She also won ‘Fight of the Night’ while fighting against Cortney Casey.

Joanne won ‘Fan Favorite Fighter of the Year’ in 2014 at ‘Women’s MMA Press Awards’.

She also won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at ‘Women’s MMA Press Awards’ in 2012.

Currently, she is ranked no. 2 in Muay Thai by the ‘World Professional Muaythai Federation’.

Personal Life

Joanne is not married. She is a very private person. She loves spending her time in social and humanitarian work.

Joanne has also endorsed various products in Scotland.

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Joanne Calderwood biography timelines

  • // 23rd Dec 1986
    Joanne Calderwood was born on December 23, 1986, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. She has various nicknames like Jojo, The Whispering Assassin, Cyborginho, etc. She fell in love with wrestling after accompanying her younger brother to his Muay Thai training class.
  • // 2000
    Her Muay Thai training began in 2000 and by 2009, she had become the ‘STBA Fighter of the Year’. Her Muay Thai training finally came to an end in 2012. During her training period, she held an amazing record of 19 wins and two losses.
  • // 2000
    Her Muay Thai training began in 2000 and by 2009, she had become the ‘STBA Fighter of the Year’. Her Muay Thai training finally came to an end in 2012. During her training period, she held an amazing record of 19 wins and two losses.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, Calderwood became ‘STBA Fighter of the Year’ (Scottish Thai Boxing).
  • // 2012
    Her next opportunity came in the form of ‘Super Fight League 3’ which took place on May 6, 2012 in India. She defeated her opponent Lena Ovchynnikova through unianimous decision by the judges. She showcased her skills in the tournament and used it as a platform to move forward in her career.
  • // 2012
    She became the top 5 fighters of the tournament after defeating Ainara Mota of France by knocking her out. Next, she participated and won at ‘Invicta Fighting Championship’. On 6 October, 2012, she defeated Ashley Cummins, an American mixed martial artist.
  • // 2012
    She also won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at ‘Women’s MMA Press Awards’ in 2012.
  • // 2013
    Calderwood then faced American pro wrestler Sally Krumdiack at the ‘Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’ in 2013. The event happened in Glasgow, and as expected, she defeated Sally in the first round itself.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, she defeated another wrestler named Katja Kankaanpaa at ‘FC 7: Honchak Vs. Smith’ through unanimous decision. Joanne finally got an opportunity to compete at the ‘UFC’ after stitching together a string of dominant performances.
  • // 2013
    On December 11, 2013, ‘UFC’ signed Calderwood to compete in its 20th season. The event was organized in order to crown UFC’s first woman Strawweight Champion.
  • // 2014
    Next, she defeated Seo Hee Ham to win ‘The Ultimate Fighter Finale’ on December 12, 2014. She then fought against Maryna Moroz at ‘UFC Fight Night 64’ and faced a defeat as she was forced to submit.
  • // 2014
    Joanne won ‘Fan Favorite Fighter of the Year’ in 2014 at ‘Women’s MMA Press Awards’.
  • // 2016
    She won her next two UFC fights against Cortney Casey at ‘Fight Night 72’ and Valerie Letourneau at ‘Fight Night 89’. In 2016, Calderwood suffered another loss against Jessica Andrade at ‘UFC 203’. Once again, she was forced to submit by her opponent.
  • // 2017
    She was last seen in a UFC match in July 2017. She fought against Cynthia Calvillo at ‘UFC Fight Night 113’. She was defeated by her opponent through unanimous decision by the judges.
  • // 2017
    She was touted to face Bec Rawlings at ‘UFC Fight Night: Werdum Vs. Tybura’ on November 19, 2017. But she suffered an injury right before the fight and hence, she was replaced by a newcomer.

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Joanne Calderwood's FAQ

  • What is Joanne Calderwood birthday?

    Joanne Calderwood was born at 1986-12-23

  • Where is Joanne Calderwood's birth place?

    Joanne Calderwood was born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • What is Joanne Calderwood nationalities?

    Joanne Calderwood's nationalities is British, Scottish

  • How tall is Joanne Calderwood?

    Joanne Calderwood's height is 168

  • What is Joanne Calderwood's sun sign?

    Joanne Calderwood is Capricorn

  • How famous is Joanne Calderwood?

    Joanne Calderwood is famouse as Mixed Martial Artist

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