This Saturday, Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz is set to co-headline the UFC 212 pay-per-view when she battles Brazil’s Claudia Gadelha.
Ahead of Saturday’s event, Kowalkiewicz (10-1) recently spoke to champions.co about the her big upcoming fight.
“I’m feeling great and I couldn’t happier with my training,” Kowalkiewicz said. “Preparations for the fight are going just as we’d planned and everything is on track. Sometimes the training is very hard, but I push through because I know the harder my training is, the easier the fight will be” Kowalkiewicz said.
The 31-year-old is coming off the first loss of her professional career, losing a unanimous decision to UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk at November’s UFC 205 event. Nevertheless, Kowalkiewicz proved to be one of the champion’s toughest tests to date. A win over Gadelha on Saturday will establish herself as the second best strawweight in the world, with the potential of a rematch against the champion further down the line.
“I’ve always said that I like challenges and hard fights—that will never change,” Kowalkiewicz said. “I’m glad that I’m facing Claudia, who is at the top of the division. She is an excellent fighter and she isn’t at number one for no reason. I think everyone knows that she’s a well-rounded fighter and that her strongest point is obviously her wrestling. I know what she’s good at, and I know what her weaknesses are. Trust me, I’ll be ready for anything she has on June 3.”
Gadelha (14-2) has been telling the press that she will submit or knock out Kowalkiewicz on Saturday. However, Kowalkiewicz is not bothered by these claims, in fact she is very confident Gadelha has no chance of knocking her out.
“She can say what she wants—it’s MMA, of course, anything can happen,” Kowalkiewicz said. “I don’t like to speculate how my fights are going to end or how long they are going to last, but one thing I can promise is that it will be a great fight. I’m not going to predict how it will end, myself, but let me tell you this—if she can knock me out, I will buy her a beer after the fight—I hope she will do the same.”
UFC 212 takes place this Saturday from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view.