Joanne Calderwood says knee injury behind UFC Fight Night 80 withdrawal

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Joanne Calderwood has given an update on her status after being forced out of a headlining bout with Paige VanZant at UFC Fight Night 80 this December.

The Scottish strawweight took to Facebook to explain what happened, saying she suffered a knee injury in training. It’s not expected to keep her out for too long, but it was bad enough to force her out of a fight on Dec. 10.

“Just to let everyone know that I’m okay,” she wrote. “Everything was going great but I hurt my knee during wrestling last week and I haven’t been able to train since and we reckon it’s going to be another week before I can get back to light training which obviously isn’t [ideal] in this stage of my camp. As much as I’m gutted I’m just glad that it’s nothing too serious and that I’m only going to be out for a few weeks hopefully.

“I wanted the just strap it up and hit her with it idea, but in this sport things like this happen and I want to make sure I can come back from this little hurdle sensibly and with a vengeance. Thank you so much for all the messages, well wishes and concerns.”

With Calderwood out, VanZant will now face Rose Namajunas on the Dec. 10 event, which will air live on UFC Fight Pass from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Penick’s Analysis: Thankfully it’s not going to keep her out of action for too long, but it’s certainly unfortunate for her to miss out on a significant fight like this would have been. Still, she’ll get back into the mix soon enough, and is likely to fight by January or February, so she can take on another top ten opponent at that time.


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