UFC Joanne Calderwood on Jessica Eye's reply to callout: 'I just see excuses'


BROOKLYN, N.Y. – On Saturday, at UFC on ESPN+ 1, Joanne Calderwood spoiled a highly-awaited UFC debut and added a third win to her unblemished record as a UFC flyweight in the process.

All in all, not a bad day in the office, but Calderwood (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC)  still had one issue with her unanimous-decision win over former KSW champion Ariane Lipski (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

“Obviously, I’m a little bit disappointed not getting the stoppage,” Calderwood said after the ESPN-televised preliminary card bout at Barclays Center. “But I’m happy I got the win and my paycheck is going to be much better than if I lost.”

Calderwood had yet to watch the fight, though, and maybe then she’ll change her mind a bit. She did, after all, get a solid and dominant  – hence, the pair of 30-26 scorecards – win over a touted prospect. And while she didn’t get the second straight submission win that she wanted, “JoJo” did show off her ever-improving ground game.

Calderwood, who’s recently made big changes on her training and relocated to Las Vegas, is now on a two-fight winning streak overall and 3-0 as a flyweight. And while she didn’t have a finish to strengthen her case, she figured it wouldn’t hurt to call out a fellow 3-0 UFC flyweight in Jessica Eye (14-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC).

Eye wasted no time responding.

Calderwood’s thoughts on the reply?

“I just see excuses,” Calderwood said.

Later, UFC President Dana White said Eye is likely to get her wishand is next in line for a stab at champ Valentina Shevchenko. But, hey, at least Calderwood shot her shot. Add that to the list of skills Calderwood is making strides on.

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