After taking out the No. 3 ranked strawweight contender at UFC 201 on Saturday night, Karolina Kowalkiewicz is taking aim at the champ.
Kowalkiewicz won a split-decision victory over Rose Namajunas in Atlanta. Now she wants to fight fellow Polish fighter and current UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her next fight.
“I want fight with Joanna. I am ready for her,” Kowalkiewicz said at the UFC 201 post-fight press conference. “She said that I’m not on her level. I think I am good enough to fight with her. I want fight with her. Let’s do this. Polish power versus Polish power.”
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UFC president Dana White appears to agree with her.
“It’s the one that makes sense, but we’ve got to get back to office and figure out what we’d do,” White said on the UFC 201 Post-Fight Show. “I’d love to do that fight in Poland.”
And for Kowalkiewicz, it’s not that she thinks Jedrzejczyk is an easy fight. In fact, it’s particularly because she has respect for her that she wants the fight.
“Joanna is very good fighter. I respect her very much. She is the best in the world. Maybe I’m not the best, but I can beat the best.”
The interesting thing about the fight likely being the next one for Jedrzejczyk is that she recommended that the UFC sign Kowalkiewicz.
“The funny thing is, Joanna Jedrzejczyk wanted us to sign her, and said, ‘I want to prove to everybody in Poland that I’m the best,’ “ said White. “And now she has worked her way up here to a possible title shot with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, so it’s very interesting.”
Like nearly every other fighter on the roster, Kowalkiewicz wants to fight Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205 in November. Being the promotion’s first event in New York, UFC 205 is going to be a blockbuster event, which will be accompanied by significant payouts and exposure, so nearly every fighter wants to be on the card.
White, however, was clear that he’s leaning toward that fight happening in Poland, but only time will tell which way they go with it.
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