Karolina Kowalkiewicz On the Path to Title Shot

Note: This is a Cage Pages column I wrote about Karolina Kowalkiewicz’s win at UFC 201 and her possibly getting a shot at the UFC women’s strawweight title.

Undefeated Polish prospect Karolina Kowalkiewicz has not been in the UFC for a year and yet it seems like she is already in the women’s strawweight title picture.

Kowalkiewicz (3-0 UFC, 10-0 MMA) picked up the biggest win of her career so far when she earned a split-decision over “The Ultimate Fighter 20” finalist Rose “Thug” Namajunas at UFC 201 – bringing her octagon record to 3-0 while snapping Namajunas’ three-fight winning streak.

Namajunas won the first round, but Kowalkiewicz gained some momentum and controlled the fight, particularly with her clinch work, which seemed to leave Namajunas exhausted in the later rounds. It was a bit of vindication for Kowalkiewicz, who was the underdog into the fight. Many fans and MMA pundits – myself included – thought Namajunas was going to be the next one to challenge UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title.

Although a title bout between Kowalkiewicz and Jedrzejczyk isn’t set in stone, UFC President Dana White, in an interview, said he’s open to a title bout between the two Polish fighters.

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