Karolina Kowalkiewicz returns to the cage on September 8 to battle Jessica Andrade at the UFC 228 pay-per-view event.
Kowalkiewicz (12-2) will be looking to build on a two-fight win streak after taking out Felice Herrig and Jodie Esquibel. The 32-year-old is the last woman to have defeated reigning strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, a split decision at the UFC 201 event in July of 2016. A victory over the powerful Brazilian in Andrade could earn Kowalkiewicz a shot at Namajunas’ strawweight title.
The 32-year-old says she isn’t surprised to be matched up against Andrade, in fact she wanted to fight her.
“No (I wasn’t surprised to get the fight),” Kowalkiewicz told MMAjunkie. “Because I want the fight with her. I can’t wait.”
Kowalkiewicz isn’t intimitdated by Andrade, a woman who has destroyed the likes of Claudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres, Joanne Calderwood and Jessica Penne.
“I like the pressure,” Kowalkiewicz said. “I know she’s a great fighter, very, very tough. It will be really tough fight, but I like challenge.”
UFC 228 takes place on September 8 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, United States. The main card featuring Andrade vs. Kowalkiewicz will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.