This past weekend, Joanne Calderwood kicked off the main card of ‘UFC Fight Night: 89’ by dominating Valerie Letourneau in the first ever UFC women’s flyweight fight.
Calderwood dominated the bout from start to finish, landing numerous blows that dropped Letourneau, a former title challenger at strawweight. Calderwood ultimately ended up finishing the bout in the 3rd round, but unfortunately was not given a performance bonus for the win.
After posting on Instagram that she was “gutted” that she didn’t get the bonus, and that she is “#brokeashell” UFC President Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta decided to give Calderwood a bonus for the win.
He spoke on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast:
“She will be bonused for that fight,” White said on the Unfiltered podcast. ‘There were so many good fights that night, people were going crazy, ‘how did she not get [a bonus],’ and it’s true. Me and Lorenzo were saying, how the hell did that skip us, she should have got a bonus.
“In that 115-pound division, you don’t see finishes, the way she finished Valerie,” White continued. “And, Valerie went five rounds with Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Joanna didn’t do that to her. We’re going to take care of her, and we’re going to sign her to a new deal.”