The Wiseman Report – Calderwood uses “JoJo mode” to finish Letourneau at UFC Fight Night 89

At UFC Fight Night 89, Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood (11-1-0) took us back. Way back, to when she was the next big thing in Invicta FC.

Fighting with “JoJo” aggression, she picked apart a tough, game Valerie Letourneau (8-5-0) to the point she appeared to beg off several times in the final frame. Some questionable officiating helped obscure the fact the Calderwood was in “JoJo” mode. Her technical Muay Thai combined with that fire was too much and what made her lift eyebrows ever since debuted in the UFC after TUF 20.

UFC Fight Night 89

Valerie Letourneau of Canada exchanges punches with Joanne Calderwood of Scotland in their women’s flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the TD Place Arena on June 18, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Injuries and some defeats have taken some of the lustre off Calderwood, but this win should remind fairweather fans who she is.

As for Letourneau, it’s back to the drawing board. Even though she lost, it’s clear the Jedrzejczyk fight continues to help her. She fought  confidently and didn’t panic when she was knocked down. She was just outstruck.

She’ll be back.

Remember Brittany Brutality? We asked Crossfire Nation to follow her on Twitter right here on The Wiseman Report a few weeks back.

She made her MMA debut at Extreme Cagefighting NYC (ECF) Takeover 2 (ECF 10) yesterday, dislocating her arm in a submission loss to Gabby Guifin.

While the fight didn’t go Brittany’s way, she put up a good fight, with both fighters earning the other’s respect.

“I lit her up hard w (sic) my hands, even had her blood splattered on my face, but in the end i did get caught w (sic) an armbar,” Brutality said in an Instagram post. “I’m not gonna take anything away from her, she is much more knowledgeable of BJJ than I am. I didn’t listen to my corner and it came back to bite me in the ass. I will learn to listen better and come back much stronger. Not to mention I’ll focus a lot more on my BJJ and my next fight will be better than ever.”

Brutality clarified further with The Crossfire earlier today: “I’ll be back in a couple weeks when the swelling goes down. I got too cocky with my hands when I saw how she was reacting to my strength. My corner told me to calm down and peel off and I didn’t listen because I thought I had her. She took her opportunity when we were pressed against the cage and her knowledge of BJ J most definitely threw me off. I will take this as a learning experience and understand my mistakes and make sure they don’t happen again!”

Tanks Brittany for sharing your story with us and we hope to keep in contact. We’re sure you will come back stronger. Follow her at @TheBxB.

Randa Markos used her striking to defeat Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC Fight Night 89. Despite not making weight, Markos had to overcome the less active but powerful strikes of Jones-Lybarger to walk away with the decision win.

Marcos was expected to win, so not much will likely change in the rankings, but I thought Jones-Lybarger did well. She just needed to be more aggressive and imitate the exchanges more.

Remember MMA Crossfire’s story on 63-year-old boxer Heather “KO” Alonzo? She sparred this week with 2016 Rio Games Olympian and 10-time Canadian champ Mandy Bujold at the Atlas Boxing Club!

Alonzo is looking for an opponent for her next fight. If that’s you, hit us up and we’ll get you in contact with her.

Cris Cyborg’s project to crown the first California female amateur female MMA champion continues to gather steam.

Genesis Getdown Fights 22 goes down July 2nd at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, California.

Female fighters interested in fighting on the card or for more information, email Cyborg at [email protected].

The TUF 23 semi-finals are now set. We have the weekly recap here.

TUF 23

TUF 23’s Amanda Bobby Cooper and Lanchana Green. Courtesy UFC/Zuffa LLC.


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See you next week!




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