Joanne Wood (née Calderwood; born 23 December 1986) is a Scottish professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai champion who competed in the Women's Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
23 December 1986
Irvine, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Strawweight (2012–2016) |
|Reach||65.5 in (166 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Team||Dinky Ninjas Fight Team |
Tristar Gym (2016–2017)
Syndicate MMA (2018–present)
|Trainer||John Wood, Firas Zahabi, James Doolan and Paul Mcveigh|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Wood first started Muay Thai training by accident. When she was 13, her younger brother was meant to go to a class with his friend, who did not turn up. Her mother asked her to go to keep him company. She fell in love with it and begged her mother to allow her to give up competitive swimming to do the two classes each week. This led to doing two sessions a day and spending all of her time training on her own between these sessions.
She worked several jobs growing up, including one after secondary school that involved her helping children and people who were on ventilation machines, monitoring them in the hospital and assisting them when needed. But those were 12-hour shifts, which drained energy and made training difficult. She eventually found another gym, left that job to work at the gym and made a significant commitment to her training. "I had to make a decision if I wanted to keep fighting or stay in my job," she said. "I wanted to keep fighting."
Wood started in Muay Thai in 2000 and was named STBA Fighter of the year in 2009. She is the current ISKA World Flyweight Champion, IKF European Flyweight Champion, the WKL European Flyweight Champion, and the WBC UK Bantamweight Champion, and is ranked #2 in the world by the World Professional Muaythai Federation. Her final Muay Thai fight was in September 2012 and she had earned a record of 19-2-0.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Wood then competed at On Top 5, defeating Ainara Mota via TKO from punches.
Invicta Fighting Championships and Cage Warriors Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
She next competed at Invicta Fighting Championships' third event, Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, against Ashley Cummins on 6 October 2012. Wood won the fight via knockout from a knee to the body in the first round. She was awarded a Knockout of the Night bonus for the victory.
Wood was scheduled to face Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on 5 January 2013 in Kansas City. However, Hyatt was moved to the main event and Wood was instead matched up against Livia von Plettenberg. Wood won the fight via unanimous decision. This was Wood's debut on the main card of an Invicta FC event.
Wood was scheduled to face undefeated BJJ black belt Claudia Gadelha at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on 13 July 2013, but Gadelha was moved into a fight against Ayaka Hamasaki after Carla Esparza suffered an injury. Wood was then set to face Sarah Schneider. On 23 June, Schneider also withdrew due to injury and was replaced by Norma Rueda Center. Wood defeated Rueda Center via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
The Ultimate FighterEdit
On 11 December 2013, it was announced that Wood was signed by the UFC along with ten other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will crown the first-ever UFC women's strawweight champion. She defeated Emily Kagan by majority decision after two rounds to advance to the quarterfinals. She was defeated by Rose Namajunas in the quarterfinals via kimura in the second round. Despite her loss in the semifinal round fight, Wood was awarded a $25,000 Fight of the Season bonus for this bout.
Wood's first fight after The Ultimate Fighter was against Seo Hee Ham at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on 12 December 2014. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
Wood faced promotional newcomer Maryna Moroz on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. She lost the fight as she was quickly submitted via armbar in the first round, making this the first official loss on her professional record. 
Wood's next fight was expected to be against Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 72 on 18 July 2015. However, Rawlings pulled out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Cortney Casey. After being rocked by punches and nearly finished in the first round, she rallied back to win the next two rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Wood next faced Valérie Létourneau at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson in the first women's flyweight bout in UFC history. She won the fight via TKO in the third round after striking Létourneau with a kick to the body and finishing her off with punches.
Wood faced Cynthia Calvillo in a strawweight bout on 16 July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113. At the weigh-ins, Wood came in at 118 lbs, two pounds over the strawweight limit of 116 lbs. As a result, she will be fined 20% of her purse, which will go to Calvillo and their bout proceeded as scheduled at a catchweight. Wood lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Wood was, yet again, scheduled to face Bec Rawlings, in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017. However, on 7 November, it was announced that Wood withdrew from the event due to injury. She was replaced by promotional newcomer Jessica Rose-Clark.
Wood was scheduled to face Valentina Shevchenko on 6 June 2020 for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship at UFC 251. However, Shevchenko pulled out of the fight on 31 March citing a leg injury and the bout was postponed.
After the fight, Wood passed out backstage when getting checked out in the medical room. She was transported to a local hospital. Her heart rate dropped on the way there, but later stabilized.
As the first bout of her new, multi-fight contract, Wood was scheduled to face Alexa Grasso on 20 November 2021 at UFC Fight Night 198. However, Grasso was forced to pull out from the event due to injury and she was replaced by Taila Santos. She lost the bout via rear-naked choke at the end of the first round.
After the loss to Grasso, Wood was removed from the UFC roster.
Wood was previously engaged to her former coach James Doolan until 2015. She became engaged to Syndicate MMA head coach John Wood in October 2019, and the couple were married in October 2021.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- International Kickboxing Federation
- IKF European Flyweight (53.2 kg / 117 lb) Championship
- International Sport Karate Association
- ISKA World Flyweight (-51.8 kg / 114 lb) Championship
- Scottish Thai Boxing Association
- 2009 STBA Fighter of the Year
- World Boxing Council Muaythai
- WBC Muaythai British Flyweight (-50.8 kg / 112 lb) Championship
- World Kickboxing League
- WKL European Flyweight Championship
Mixed martial artsEdit
|19 wins (6+ KOs), 2 losses, 0 draws|
|2012-09-02||Win||Jenny Krigsman||Oran Mor VII||Glasgow, Scotland||TKO (stoppage)||4||19-2|
|Wins the ISKA World Flyweight (-51.8 kg / 114 lb) Championship.|
|2011-09-11||Win||Sally McCarthy||Muay Thai Supershow||Poole, England||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||18-2|
|Wins the WBC Muaythai British Flyweight (-50.8 kg / 112 lb) Championship.|
|2011-06-18||Win||Laetitia Lambert||Hostile Intentions 4||Hamilton, Scotland||TKO||4||17-2|
|2011-00-00||Loss||Alexis Rufus||Shin Kick Promotions||Woking, England||Decision||5||16-2|
|For the WKA World Championship.|
|2010-11-13||Win||Karla Benitez||Barcelona, Spain||Decision||16-1|
|Wins the WKL European Flyweight Championship.|
|2010-08-11||Loss||Melissa Ray||Queen's Birthday Celebrations||Bangkok, Thailand||Decision (split)|
|For the WPMF World Featherweight (-57.1 kg / 126 lb) Championship.|
|2010-05-01||Win||Ferial Ameeroedien||Power of Scotland 8||Glasgow, Scotland|
|2009-09-13||Win||Maria Curriki||Oran Mor III||Glasgow, Scotland||Decision||5||2:00|
|Wins the IKF European Flyweight (53.2 kg / 117 lb) Championship.|
|2009-05-09||Win||Michelle Preston||Ladykillers III||Manchester, England||Decision (unanimous)||5||2:00|
|2008-09-14||Win||Christi Brereton||Oran Mor||Glasgow, Scotland||Decision||5||2:00|
|2008-07-13||Win||Pam McCarthy||Master A's Show||Manchester, England||TKO||3|
|2008-05-18||Win||Simona Soukupova||Woking Fight Night||Woking, England||Decision|
|2007-09-23||Win||Zoe Green||September Showdown||Motherwell, Scotland||Decision||5|
|2006-05-28||Win||Kirsty Mack||Chaos in Kirkintilloch||Kirkintilloch, Scotland|
|2005-07-16||Win||Trish Carson||STBA||Barrhead, Scotland||Decision|
|0000-00-00||Win||Bang Klang Stadium||Bangkok, Thailand||TKO||4|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||15 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||15–8||Alexa Grasso||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Daukaus||26 March 2022||1||3:57||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||15–7||Taila Santos||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs. Tate||20 November 2021||1||4:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–6||Lauren Murphy||Decision (split)||UFC 263||12 June 2021||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||15–5||Jessica Eye||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 257||24 January 2021||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||14–5||Jennifer Maia||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan||1 August 2020||1||4:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–4||Andrea Lee||Decision (split)||UFC 242||7 September 2019||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||13–4||Katlyn Chookagian||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 238||8 June 2019||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||13–3||Ariane Lipski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw||19 January 2019||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Win||12–3||Kalindra Faria||Submission (triangle armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||25 August 2018||1||4:57||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States||Return to Flyweight.|
|Loss||11–3||Cynthia Calvillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio||16 July 2017||3||5:00||Glasgow, Scotland||Catchweight (118 lb) bout; Wood missed weight.|
|Loss||11–2||Jéssica Andrade||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 203||10 September 2016||1||4:38||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||11–1||Valérie Létourneau||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson||18 June 2016||3||2:51||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||Flyweight bout.|
|Win||10–1||Cortney Casey||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||18 July 2015||3||5:00||Glasgow, Scotland||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||9–1||Maryna Moroz||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2||11 April 2015||1||1:30||Kraków, Poland|
|Win||9–0||Seo Hee Ham||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale||12 December 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Katja Kankaanpää||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith||7 December 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||7–0||Norma Rueda Center||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||13 July 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||6–0||Sally Krumdiack||TKO (punches)||Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 53||13 April 2013||1||3:08||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||5–0||Livia von Plettenberg||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||5 January 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Ashley Cummins||TKO (knee to the body)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama||6 October 2012||1||3:13||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Return to Strawweight. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||3–0||Ainara Mota||TKO (punches)||On Top 5||2 June 2012||2||2:46||Glasgow, Scotland||Catchweight (121 lb) bout.|
|Win||2–0||Lena Ovchynnikova||Decision (unanimous)||SFL 3||6 May 2012||3||5:00||New Delhi, India||Flyweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Noellie Molina||TKO (punches)||On Top 4||25 February 2012||1||3:13||Glasgow, Scotland||Strawweight debut.|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1–1||Rose Namajunas||Submission (kimura)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned||3 December 2014 (airdate)||2||2:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 20 Quarterfinal round.|
|Win||1–0||Emily Kagan||Decision (majority)||17 September 2014 (airdate)||2||5:00||TUF 20 Elimination round.|
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