Joanne Calderwood Explains Why She Accepted Short Notice Fight Against Jennifer Maia

Jennifer Maia and Viviane Araujo were scheduled to meet next month at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan, but Araujo would test positive for the coronavirus and would get pulled from the bout.

A surprising replacement would step in on short notice to battle Maia and that person was Joanne Calderwood, who is expected to get the next shot at UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Calderwood, in a post on Instagram, says that she accepted the short notice opportunity after Shevchenko pushed the date of their fight back again due to an ongoing injury:

UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan takes place on Saturday, August 1 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada with Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.

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