Karolina Kowalkiewicz


Matchup on tap with Jessica Penne
June 22, 2021
The UFC announced Tuesday that Karolina Kowalkiewicz (eye) will face Jessica Penne (13-5-0) in a strawweight fight set for Aug. 7 at UFC 265.
After opening her UFC career with a 5-2 record, Kowalkiewicz (12-6-0) has lost her last four fights to fall below .500 since joining the promotion in December 2015. Kowalkiewicz's most recent loss was a decisive one, as she fell to Xiaonan Yan via unanimous decision in February. The 35-year-old suffered an eye injury in the bout that later required surgery, but she'll be fully recovered by the time she returns to the Octagon later this summer.
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Heads for surgery
February 23, 2020
Kowalkiewicz will have eye surgery after losing to Yan Xiaonan at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Kowalkiewicz suffered this injury mid-fight, and her vision was affected for the rest of the bout. The 34-year-old relayed that she has a small broken bone below her eye. It's unclear how long she'll need to recover.
Suffers non-competitive loss
February 22, 2020
Kowalkiewicz lost to Yan Xiaonan via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
Kowalkiewicz deserves credit for hearing the final bell, but it was clear very early on that she was not in a good situation, as Xiaonan landed hammers throughout the course of the fight. Since bursting into the organization as someone who would just come forward and through strikes, the Polish fighter seems to have hit a wall, having lost four consecutive bouts. This puts her future with the company in considerable jeopardy. She falls to 12-6 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Added to Auckland card
December 8, 2019
Kowalkiewicz will face Yan Xiaonan at UFC Auckland on Feb. 22, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Kowalkiewicz has a 5-5 record with the UFC, but she's been having a rough time recently, losing her last three matches. She hasn't won since April of 2018. Her opponent, Xiaonan, has won all four of her UFC matches.
Struggles to keep pace
June 8, 2019
Kowalkiewicz lost to Alex Grasso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
Kowalkiewicz really struggled in this fight. Grasso had the advantage in terms of movement and tempo. Kowalkiewicz would throw a hard strike, and Grasso would counter with three or more strikes. That was the story of the entire fight. Since challenging for the UFC women's strawweight title in 2016, Kowalkiewicz has gone 2-4, and she is currently riding a three-fight losing streak.
Pinned against Alexa Grasso in June
April 9, 2019
Kowalkiewicz has been booked to fight Alexa Grasso in a strawweight bout at UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8.
Kowalkiewicz challenged for the strawweight title back in 2016, but it's been a tough go for the Polish fighter since then, as she has lost four of her last six fights. She is currently riding a two-fight losing streak and most recently fell to Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 2 a couple weeks ago. She's now wasting anytime in booking her next fight, however, and her opponent, Grasso, is one of the more promising young prospects in the UFC at just 25 years old.