Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz ważenie KSW 30.jpg
Born (1985-10-15) October 15, 1985 (age 33)
Łódź, Poland
Other namesPolish Princess
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[1]
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)[2]
Reach64 in (163 cm)[2]
StyleMuay Thai, Krav Maga
Fighting out ofŁódź, Poland
TeamShark Top Team Łódź
TrainerŁukasz Zaborowski
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision9
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
Amateur record

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (born 15 October 1985) is a Polish mixed martial artist.[3][4][5][6] She currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former KSW Women's Flyweight Champion. As of December 12, 2018, she is #6 in the strawweight rankings.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kowalkiewicz began her mixed martial arts career at the age of sixteen when she began training in Krav Maga. She later trained in Muay Thai and decided to make it a career. She fought two amateur fights before turning pro.[8]

Kowalkiewicz made her professional debut in her native Poland in May 2012. Over the next three-and-a-half years she amassed an undefeated record of 7 wins against no losses. She fought primarily for the Poland-based KSW promotion - where she was the Flyweight champion - and also made her U.S. debut for Invicta FC in November 2014.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In late October 2015, it was announced that Kowalkiewicz had signed with the UFC. She faced Randa Markos on December 19, 2015 at UFC on FOX 17.[9] She was successful in her debut, winning the fight by unanimous decision.[10]

Kowalkiewicz next faced Heather Jo Clark on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[11] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Kowalkiewicz defeated Rose Namajunas by split decision on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201 to earn the next title shot at former champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Kowalkiewicz fought for the Strawweight title and lost to former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk by unanimous decision on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205.[13]

Kowalkiewicz faced Cláudia Gadelha on June 3, 2017 in the co-main event at UFC 212. She lost the fight via submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.

Kowalkiewicz faced Jodie Esquibel on October 21, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till.[14] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Kowalkiewicz faced Felice Herrig on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223.[16] She won the fight by split decision.[17]

Kowalkiewicz fought Jéssica Andrade on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228.[18] She lost the fight by knockout in the first round.[19]

Kowalkiewicz is expected to face Michelle Waterson at UFC on ESPN 2 on March 30, 2019.[20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–3 Jéssica Andrade KO (punch) UFC 228 September 8, 2018 1 1:58 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 12–2 Felice Herrig Decision (split) UFC 223 April 7, 2018 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 11–2 Jodie Esquibel Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till October 21, 2017 3 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland
Loss 10–2 Cláudia Gadelha Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 1 3:03 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 10–1 Joanna Jędrzejczyk Decision (unanimous) UFC 205 November 12, 2016 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Rose Namajunas Decision (split) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Strawweight title eliminator. Fight of the Night.
Win 9–0 Heather Jo Clark Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski May 8, 2016 3 5:00 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 8–0 Randa Markos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Kalindra Faria Decision (split) KSW 30: Genesis February 21, 2015 3 5:00 Poznań, Poland Non-title bout. Fight of the Night.
Win 6–0 Mizuki Inoue Decision (split) Invicta FC 9: Honchak vs. Hashi November 1, 2014 3 5:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States Strawweight debut. Fight of the Night.
Win 5–0 Jasminka Cive Submission (armbar) KSW 27: Cage Time May 17, 2014 1 3:53 Gdańsk, Poland Defended the KSW Flyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Simona Soukupova Decision (unanimous) KSW 24: Clash of the Giants September 28, 2013 3 5:00 Łódź, Poland Catchweight (119 lbs) bout.
Win 3–0 Marta Chojnoska Submission (rear-naked choke) KSW 23: Khalidov vs. Manhoef June 8, 2013 1 1:11 Gdańsk, Poland Won the vacant KSW Flyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Paulina Bońkowska Decision (unanimous) KSW 21: Ultimate Explanation December 1, 2012 3 5:00 Warsaw, Poland Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Marzena Wojas TKO (punches) Extreme Fighting Sports 2 May 18, 2012 1 3:12 Gdynia, Poland Catchweight (132 lbs) bout.


Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Joanna Jędrzejczyk Submission (rear-naked choke) Amatorska Liga MMA 18 March 4, 2012 1 4:18 Sochaczew, Poland


  1. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/karolina-kowalkiewicz?id=
  2. ^ a b "Karolina Kowalkiewicz - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Invicta FC 9 Results: Barb Honchak Dominates Takayo Hashi". Cage Pages.
  4. ^ "Women's MMA Report: Hashi captures Deep Jewels title, Kowalkiewicz improves to 5-0". MMAjunkie.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the UFC: Karolina Kowalkiewicz". UFC.
  6. ^ Fox Sports. "Karolina Kowalkiewicz takes out Randa Markos in first UFC appearance". FOX Sports.
  7. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  8. ^ "Fighting Words: Karolina Kowalkiewicz". invictafc.com.
  9. ^ "Randa Markos takes on debuting Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC on FOX 17". mmafighting.com.
  10. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-19). "UFC on FOX 17 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz outworks Randa Markos for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  11. ^ "Heather Jo Clark vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz added to UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 87 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz gets past tough Heather Jo Clark". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  13. ^ José Youngs (2016-09-23). "Report: Joanna Jędrzejczyk to defend title against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205". fansided.com. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  14. ^ "Karolina Kowalkiewicz meets 6-time Invicta FC vet Jodie Esquibel in Poland". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 118 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz overwhelms in emotional win Jodie Esquibel". MMAjunkie. 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  16. ^ Ashah Tafari (2018-01-15). "Karolina Kowalkiewicz meets Felice Herrig at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York". mmanytt. Retrieved 2018-01-15. (in Swedish)
  17. ^ "UFC 223 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz punches past Felice Herrig for split decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-08. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  18. ^ Mark Francescutti (2018-07-18). "UFC 228 in Dallas bouts revealed". sportsday.dallasnews.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  19. ^ "UFC 228 results: Jessica Andrade scores thunderous one-punch knockout of Karolina Kowalkiewicz". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  20. ^ Jay Anderson (2019-01-08). "Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz Added to UFC Philadelphia". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  21. ^ Robert Sargent (November 2, 2014). "Invicta FC 9 Bonuses: Kowalkiewicz-Inoue Named Fight Of The Night". MMARising.com.
  22. ^ Sherdog.com. "Karolina Kowalkiewicz MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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