Jo Jo Calderwood is one of the most fun to watch female fighters in the world. Actually, no. Jo Jo Calderwood is one of the most fun fighters to watch in the world. The flyweight proved it again tonight when she systematically destroyed Valérie Létourneau at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa.
The destruction started with a back fist backfist that nearly finished Valérie Létourneau in the first, then reportedly Calderwood broke her gutsy opponent’s rib. Make no mistake about it — Létourneau was a beast for even surviving the spinning backfist and subsequent follow-up punches. But she was also outclassed through and through. Still, massive props to her. She made it a fight. She was landing well at times.
Finally, despite a ton of heart, Létourneau could take no more of Calderwood’s special brand of Scottish violence. This is Létourneau’s second loss in a row, with her losing in a strawweight title fight against the Polish monster Joanna Jędrzejczyk. The big takeaway from this is not only Calderwood’s improvements, but Létourneau’s heart.
Fans know that Calderwood can bring it, with her UFC career seeing a 4-1 mark since her time on The Ultimate Fighter 20, but now she’s going to be moving to back to strawweight where she was an Invicta standout. It’s pretty surprising, considering how damn good she looked in this fight.