The highly touted flyweight title fight between champion Valentina Shevchenko and Jojo Calderwood has been postponed. The fight was scheduled to take place at UFC 251 in Perth on June 6.
Joanne Calderwood is coming off of a split decision win over Andrea Lee at UFC 242 last September. Before that, she lost to Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 238.
On the other hand, Valentina Shevchenko is coming off of a crushing TKO win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 earlier this month. Prior to that, she defeated Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night 156.
Joanne Calderwood revealed that the fight being pushed back has nothing to do with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Calderwood said that the issue was at Shevchenko’s side.
“We got word last week that it’s going to get pushed back,” Calderwood said on MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.
“Not because of this whole thing, but something on her end. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say that, but we know for sure that it’s not going to be on June 6. I don’t know, I’m not sure what happened or what’s what, but it’s been pushed back. It could be a blessing in disguise.”
“Right now, I’m enjoying the one-to-one. I just feel like all this is happening and I’m just going to take the best out of this situation.”
“We were planning to go two weeks before and I think it’s 24 hours flying time, so you’re talking two days of travel, but I love Australia so I wasn’t going to complain about that,” she explained.
“It’s a great country and I know that there are a lot of U.K. and Scottish people over there, so I’m just hoping now it will be in the U.S. and it will be closer for everyone to meet in the middle.”
When do you guys think that the pair will fight with each other? Who do you guys think wins this fight?