Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Born (1985-10-15) October 15, 1985 (age 38)
Łódź, Poland
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight116 lb (53 kg; 8 st 4 lb)
DivisionStrawweight (2014–present)
Flyweight (2012–2014)
Reach64 in (163 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofŁódź, Poland
TeamShark Top Team Łódź
TrainerŁukasz Zaborowski
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total23
Wins16
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision12
Losses7
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision4
Amateur record
Total1
Losses1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (born 15 October 1985) is a Polish mixed martial artist.[2][3][4] She currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former KSW Women's Flyweight Champion. As of January 23, 2024, she is #13 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.[5]

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.[6]

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 seven 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.[7]

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.[8] She was successful in her debut, winning the fight by unanimous decision.[9]

Kowalkiewicz next faced Heather Jo Clark on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[10] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Kowalkiewicz defeated Rose Namajunas by split decision on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201 to earn the next title shot at then-champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk.[12] This performance earned her a Fight of the Night bonus.[13]

Kowalkiewicz fought for the Strawweight title and lost to champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk by unanimous decision on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205.[14]

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.[15]

Kowalkiewicz faced Jodie Esquibel on October 21, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till.[16] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Kowalkiewicz faced Felice Herrig on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223.[18] She won the fight by split decision.[19]

Kowalkiewicz fought Jéssica Andrade on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228.[20] She lost the fight by knockout in the first round.[21]

Kowalkiewicz faced Michelle Waterson at UFC on ESPN 2 on March 30, 2019.[22] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Kowalkiewicz faced Alexa Grasso on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238.[24] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Kowalkiewicz faced Yan Xiaonan on February 23, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 168.[26] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[27]

Kowalkiewicz faced Jessica Penne on August 7, 2021 at UFC 265.[28] She lost the fight via an armbar in round one.[29]

After a one-year hiatus, Kowalkiewicz faced Felice Herrig on June 4, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 207.[30] Kowalkiewicz snapped a 5 bout losing streak, submitting Herrig via rear-naked choke in the second round.[31]

Kowalkiewicz faced Silvana Gómez Juárez on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281.[32] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Kowalkiewicz faced Vanessa Demopoulos on May 13, 2023 at UFC Fight Night 223.[34] At the weigh-ins, Demopoulos weighed in at 117.5 pounds, one and half pounds over the women's strawweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceed at catchweight and Demopoulos was fined 20 percent of her purse, which went to Kowalkiewicz.[35] Kowalkiewicz won the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Kowalkiewicz faced Diana Belbiţă at UFC Fight Night 229 on October 7, 2023.[37] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

Kowalkiewicz is scheduled to face Iasmin Lucindo on May 4, 2024 at UFC 301.[39]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 2019, Kowalkiewicz was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. To cope with the symptoms Kowalkiewicz now works with an endocrinologist and has adopted a vegan diet.[41]

In 2020, during the match with Yan Xiaonan she got a severe eye injury in the first round, yet she fought the remaining rounds with the injury. Her injuries were so severe that she couldn’t return home from New Zealand, forced to wear an eye patch and stay for a few days.[42] On Instagram she commented on the injury: “First time in my life after a fight, I cannot say I’m okay. Like you see, at the beginning of the first round, I have broken small bone here. I couldn’t see nothing. My vision was double and everything was like in the fog.”[43] She later had surgery which involved the insertion of a titanium plate in her right eye.[44]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 16 wins 7 losses
By knockout 1 1
By submission 3 2
By decision 12 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–7 Diana Belbiţă Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Dawson vs. Green October 7, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–7 Vanessa Demopoulos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Hill May 20, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (117.5 lb) bout; Demopoulos missed weight.
Win 14–7 Silvana Gómez Juárez Decision (unanimous) UFC 281 November 12, 2022 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Win 13–7 Felice Herrig Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik June 4, 2022 2 4:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–7 Jessica Penne Submission (armbar) UFC 265 August 7, 2021 1 4:32 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 12–6 Yan Xiaonan Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker February 23, 2020 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 12–5 Alexa Grasso Decision (unanimous) UFC 238 June 8, 2019 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 12–4 Michelle Waterson Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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: Cowboy 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 UFC Women's 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. Cowboy 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Kalindra Faria Decision (split) KSW 30 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 May 17, 2014 1 3:53 Gdańsk, Poland Defended the KSW Flyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Simona Soukupova Decision (unanimous) KSW 24 September 28, 2013 3 5:00 Łódź, Poland Catchweight (119 lb) bout.
Win 3–0 Marta Chojnoska Submission (rear-naked choke) KSW 23 June 8, 2013 1 1:11 Gdańsk, Poland Won the vacant KSW Flyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Paulina Bońkowska Decision (unanimous) KSW 21 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 lb) bout.

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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

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