Karolina Kowalkiewicz is not one to shy away from a fight.
Kowalkiewicz (11-2) returned to the win column with an emotional and emphatic win over Jodie Esquibel in the co-main event of UFC Gdansk a few weeks ago. Post-match, Kowalkiewicz called for a fight with fellow former title challenger, Brazilian powerhouse Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade.
“I never feel pressure before the fight because I love what I do,” Kowalkiewicz told reporters at the Gdansk post-fight press conference. “I never feel pressure in the fight, it’s what I love to do. I feel pressure when I’m on diet and can’t eat cookies.”
“Now I need a vacation for three days,” she said, “and after that, I want to fight with Jessica Andrade.”
A few days before Karolina’s bout with Esquibel, Andrade made an Instagram post suggesting that Kowalkiewicz turned down a fight with her. This did not sit well with Kowalkiewicz, who took to Instagram herself to dispell the rumors. She addressed Andrade’s accusation at the post-fight presser as well, “For the future Jessica Andrade said I declined a fight with her,” she continued, “However, that never happened, and I was never offered a fight with Jessica, so this time, let’s just do it now, if you’re open to it.”
“I don’t want to look that far into the future,” Kowalkiewicz said when asked about earning another title shot. “So far, I would like to enjoy training and living, and it would be nice if my next opponent is Jessica. Now, I need three days for vacation. After that, I want to fight Jessica Andrade.”
Jessica Andrade (17-6) bounced back from an unsuccessful title bid against Joanna Champion back in May with a dominant performance over Claudia Gadelha at UFC Japan last month. The fight with Gadelha was awarded FOTN and propelled Andrade closer to a potential future second title shot. After hearing of Kowalkiewicz’s willingness to throw down with her, Andrade took to Instagram to promote the fight.
A fight between the number one ranked Jessica Andrade and number three ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz can very well serve as a title eliminator bout for the winner of Joanna Champion vs Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 this Saturday.
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