UFC strawweight Joanne Calderwood (seen above, top) enjoyed a successful homecoming last night at UFC Fight Night: Glasgow, enjoying the cheers of her home country’s faithful and a solid performance besides.
Calderwood, who resides in Kilmarnock, Scotland, bounced back from some early trouble from opponent Courtney Casey of the US, before taking control and eventually earning a decision win. Among the bout’s highlights were Calderwood scoring a knockdown with a spinning back kick to the body.
Asked to reflect on the emotional nature of the bout, which came months after a devastating TKO loss, she responded — as usual — quietly, and humbly, in a video published by MMA Junkie.
“I don’t want to give anyone a sob story, but it was a tough camp,” Calderwood said. “I can’t explain how it felt, coming out like that. It was like, this is where I want to be. I never will forget that.”
Asked to comment on the ovation, she was, similarly, thankful.
“I’d like to thank all the fans,” she said. “They made the UFC come here. Thanks to the UFC for answering everyone’s prayers, fans and fighters. It’s opening doors. I’m training alongside wee amateurs, and opens so many doors for them.”
Calderwood was asked about the possibility of fighting the division’s champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“All the fans want to see that fight,” Speaking for myself, I want to see that fight because she’s put on a Master Class. That excites me, but at the same time I just lost, and just won tonight. So basically, another win or two, but it’s up to the UFC. But I’d be up for the fight and it would be a standup war.”