UFC 203 did not go as planned for Joanne Calderwood, but the strawweight left Cleveland feeling great about her experience in the city.
Despite losing to Jessica Andrade on the main card of UFC 203, Calderwood was all smiles when she left the hotel on her way home thanks to a heartwarming letter that was left at the front desk.
Calderwood took to Instagram to share a photo of a letter she received from a homless man she had met earlier in the week.
According to Calderwood, she was walking down the street with teammate Zach Makovsky when a homeless man began walking alongside them telling jokes. In response, Calderwood told the man she would leave him a ticket for her fight at Quicken Loans Arena on saturday.
Admittedly, Calderwood was unsure whether the man would use the ticket. But not only did he use it, he left her an inspiring note after the loss.
The letter read:
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This just made my morning, leaving Cleveland with a loss but a smile. I met a homeless man during the week and he walked zach and I down the street a little telling a couple of jokes. He was interested in what was going on and I told him I'd leave a ticket for him to attend the UFC last night. I wasn't sure if he'd go but when I went to check out he left this lovely note. 💗💗💗 #begrateful #behappy #helponeanother #ufc203 #ufccleveland #aprreciatethesmallthings P.s I didn't have the heart to correct him and I kinda like the name jovon (sounds like Joanne)
Although you lost the fight you will always be a winner in life.
You are a rare and unique person. Kind, sweet and nonjudgemental. I wish you well in all that you do. I will never forget you!
Yours truly, Robert Butler
“The Unknown Comic”
This is just the latest reminder that a kind gesture can go a long way and you never truly know what taking a minute of your time to acknowledge others can lead to.
Kudos to Calderwood on the kind gesture and to Mr. Butler for leaving a note in return that picked Calderwood up after a tough loss.
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