UFC 257: Joanne Calderwood legitimately doesn’t like Jessica Eye

Joanne Calderwood explains how her beef with Jessica Eye started.

On the main card of UFC 257, flyweight contenders Jessica Eye and Joanne Calderwood will square off in a fight that’s been brewing for a while. At a virtual media day from Fight Island, Calderwood explained the genesis of her beef with Eye.

“Her last fight with Cynthia [Calvillo], she took it on two week’s notice and she missed weight by .2 [pounds],” Calderwood told the media. “I was kind of annoyed because I was ready to fight and I would have made weight.

I had heard that she was not .2 over, she was four pounds over the morning of. So I was just calling her out.”

Joanne Calderwood and Jessica Eye will settle their beef at UFC 257

Indeed, at the weigh-ins for Eye’s June 2020 fight with Calvillo, rumors circulated that Eye would be missing weight by a significant amount. Eye did miss weight, albeit by a small amount (she officially missed weight by 0.3 pounds, not the 0.2 that Calderwood said). Calderwood believes that Eye used the protective curtain while standing on the scale in order to manipulate her weight closer to the 126-pound flyweight limit.

Calderwood didn’t keep this theory to herself. Instead, she took to social media to air her grievances against Eye, and a beef was born.

“I kinda want to get the curtain check banned because I think she used that. I just put that out in the Twitter world and she replied. She just attacked me back for my honesty,” said Calderwood.

Calderwood has used that animosity for extra motivation during preparation for her fight with Eye.

“When I’m visualizing, I definitely see her face and it’s a good motivation knowing that I really don’t like her. She rubs me the wrong way. It’s good to see her face getting some elbows and some punches and kicks when I’m visualizing the fight.”

UFC 257 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Tue, 19 Jan 2021 22:37:14 +0000

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