Valentina Shevchenko has reigned supreme in the UFC female flyweight division, with her lost recent win a dominant performance against Katlyn Chookagian.
After the fight she mentioned a couple of names of who she thought could be next, one was Joanne Calderwood. It now seems that is the fight that has been agreed.
Kilmarnock’s Calderwood will become the first ever Scots born UFC title contender. The fight is scheduled for UFC 251 on June 6th with a venue still to be decided.
Brett Okamoto broke the news over night for ESPN.
Breaking: Valentina Shevchenko’s (@BulletValentina) next title defense will come against Joanne Calderwood (@DRkneevil) at UFC 251 on June 6. Both sides have agreed to the fight, per sources. More details coming to ESPN shortly. https://t.co/PkjiYdnn0D
Calderwood (14-4) has went 4-1 since moving to the flyweight division, her only loss being against Chookagian, she rebound back from that defeat with a dominant win in Abu Dhabi against Angela Lee.
Shevchenko has looked too strong and too good for anyone she has faced, so far, in the flyweight division. Shevchenko has a record of 19-3, her three defeats have been twice to Amanda Nunes and once to Liz Caramouche, who’s she later would beat in a rematch. With wins over the likes of Holly Holm and Joanna Jedrzeczyk she has proved she is one of the best female fighters in the world.
Having a Scot fight for a UFC title could be a massive boost for the sport in Scotland.