Joanne Calderwood is currently a top ten fighter in the UFC Women’s Strawweight Division but apparently it doesn't come with perks. When she wanted a few comped tickets to the upcoming UFC 206 event, she was apparently turned down by the UFC.
Calderwood posted the following statement on her Facebook page:
“I don't ask for much and I know this is a very selfish sport when it comes down to giving your time and attention esp if you are serious about being a high level professional fighter...as a fighter I know we don't get a lot back and it's never an easy road, we sacrifice a lot and most of the time we are broke. I'm eating into my savings just to pay for myself to get better as a fighter so I can win and put on better fights. Right now I'm recovering from a minor concussion and to know it could put my next pay day back further is scary, not to mention I don't even know when my next fight is going to get offered to me. I'm lucky for the support around me cause Ive been really down the past week with having to take time out of training and it's tough not knowing what's around the corner. But anyway I've been really looking forward to making the trip to Toronto next week to support some of the guys from Tristar, after emailing the UFC to request tickets, I'm still a little shocked after receiving this....to say I'm upset is an understatement.”
Ryan McCarthy, the UFC Senior Director Of Event Development, did issue this statement to Calderwood, which Calderwood posted when it was emailed to her:
“Fighters on the card get tickets and guest fighters get tickets. If a fighter is just coming, then they will need to purchase, unless Dana approves the comps.”
UFC 206 takes place on Saturday, December 10 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis headlining.