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Calderwood looking to save up for next camp after big win at UFC Ottawa

Joanne Calderwood took to Instagram to share her plans after a big win over Valerie Letourneau. Cheif among them: go earn some money.

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Usually when a fighter gets a big win in the UFC, their first public sentiments follow one of two lines: “I’m ready to fight as soon as possible, so get me a new fight quick,” or “I can’t wait to go home, take some time off, relax and chill with my family.” UFC Ottawa’s Joanne Calderwood had a different take, however.

The strawweight fighter, fresh of a huge upset win over former title challenger Valerie Letourneau seems to have just one thing on her mind: I need to make some money.

She posted a picture of herself wearing a “Broke as Hell” hat shortly after her big win, along with a short message:

“Gutted I didn't get the bonus tonight but I'm not afraid to go home work and save so I can get back to @tristargym asap and hopefully be back in the octagon soon #wheretheresawilltheresaway #brokeashell #11-1”

With talk of the Ali Act coming to MMA and a potential UFC sale valued at $4 billion, it seems that fighter pay is once again becoming a more public battleground. Donald Cerrone also took comments over his financial situation public after his UFC Ottawa win, saying “according to my pay, I don't mean shit to the UFC.”

Outside of the Ottawa card, another woman fighter in the UFC has made her own, similar frustrations known. Sarah Moras recently took to Twitter to talk about why she hasn’t been fighting recently and potentially not any time soon:

It’s no secret that the pay scale in MMA has never been a particularly deep one, and that fighting for a living isn’t the best way to pay the bills. Seasoned vets have become more vocal about the money they feel they’ve earned, and that kind of attitude may be trickling down to making everyone just that much more willing to talk about where they’re at right now. And at the bottom end of the UFC, it appears that MMA is still more of an investment than a return.