Sometimes, all you have to do is speak up.
For Joanne Calderwood, it turned out to be a good thing that she decided to express her disappointment for not getting a fight night bonus after her dominant knockout win over Valerie Letourneau at this past weekend's (Sat., June 18, 2016) UFC Fight Night 89 event in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Upon hearing of Joanne's Instagram post (see it) in which she revealed she was gutted for losing out on the extra cash while wearing a hat that read "Broke As Hell," UFC president Dana White has decided to make things right for her by giving her a bonus and a new fight contract.
He revealed the good news on the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Jim Norton and Matt Serra:
"One of the things I do want to talk to you guys about; I guess something came out where Jo Jo Calderwood was saying that after the fight she has to go out and get a job and all this stuff, and people are going crazy. First of all, JoJo has had a lot of personal problems, She hadn't fought in a very long time, I didn't even know if she was ever going to fight again. Then she ends up at Tri-Star and I guess she has stability and her head back in the game. She will be bonused for that fight. 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. First of all, in that 115-pound division, you don't see finishes, the way she finished Valerie. And, Valerie went five rounds with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 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. The reality was, for the last year plus, we didn't know if that girl was ever going to fight again, so, to put that in perspective. She looks like the girl she was. This girl at one time was one of the hottest prospects in the 115-pound division."
After sitting out for an extended period of time to sort out personal issues, Calderwood returned in a big way to pick up the first-ever win in UFC's women's Strawweight division.
Now that she seems to be back on track, things are looking bright for the Scottish scrapper ... and her bank account.