UFC strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz says she has a maximum of three years left before she decides to retire from professional MMA competition.
Kowalkiewicz (11-2) is one of the UFC’s top-ranked and most beloved 115-pound competitors, her UFC run has seen her pick up victories over Randa Markos, Heather Clark, Rose Namajunas and Jodie Esquibel. She returns to action on April 7 to battle Felice Herrig on the UFC 223 preliminary card.
Ahead of next week’s big event, the 32-year-old revealed in an interview with Radio Zet that she plans to stop competing as an MMA pro within three years. Although she plans to stop competing, she would still like to be involved in the sport in some form.
“Recently, such thoughts came to me, what will happen if I stop fighting? I have a maximum of three years of professional career and I say to myself – god, what am I going to do? I will not find myself in life. So I think I would like to stay in MMA, because I can not imagine my life without MMA and without training.” Kowalkiewicz said.
UFC 223 takes place on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The preliminary card featuring Kowalkiewicz vs. Herrig will be aired live on FS1 from 8pm EST.