UFC star Joanne Calderwood taken to hospital after passing out backstage

UFC star Joanne Calderwood was rushed to hospital after fainting backstage following her defeat to Jennifer Maia on Saturday night.

The Scottish fighter suffered heartbreak against Maia having decided to take on the flyweight in a short-notice bout rather than wait for champion Valentina Shevchenko to recover from injury. 

Calderwood was booked to fight Shevchenko at UFC 251 this summer but the flyweight queen picked up a leg injury and the British contender decided to stay busy rather than sideline herself.

Maia finished Calderwood in stunning fashion with a first-round armbar, winning herself a title shot in the process.

Calderwood’s manager Danny Rubenstein then confirmed his fighter fainted backstage and was immediately taken to hospital.

‘She’s okay now,’ Rubenstein told MMA Fighting.

‘She was getting checked out in the medical room and fainted while sitting down. John (Wood, Calderwood’s partner) caught her, they laid her down and carted her out on a stretcher.

‘Heart rate dropped on the way there but stabilized now. She’s awake at the hospital with Wood.’

Calderwood had flown to Las Vegas for the behind closed doors event at the UFC’s Apex complex.

Maia is now set to take on Shevchenko when she is fully fit and Brazilian cannot wait to face the so far unstoppable flyweight champion.

‘I’m very happy,’ Maia said after the fight. ‘I’m getting better every time.

‘I feel I’m getting ready for the title. Now I want to fight with the champion.

‘It’s going to be a pleasure to fight [Valentina Shevchenko.’

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