#UFC223 Predictions: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Felice Herrig

Tonight at the Barclays Center, some of MMA’s toughest ladies will do battle as one of the years most anticipated cards takes over Brooklyn.

Three pivotal women’s bouts will be featured throughout the night across two divisions– one flyweight fight and two strawweight scraps. In the feature fight of the Early Fight Pass Prelims, Bec Rawlings and Ashlee Evans-Smith will settle their differences. Later that night, the FS1 Prelims will be capped off by top ten strawweight standouts Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Felice Herrig. Finally, in the co-main event of the night, Joanna Jedrzejczyk will attempt to reclaim the strawweight throne as she rematches the reigning champion, “Thug” Rose Namajunas.

Prior to tonight’s thrilling throwdowns, the WMMA Rankings team weighs-in on which fighters they believe will have their hands raised. Check out the panel predictions below!

KAROLINA kowalkiewicz vs Felice herrig

JILL: This is a tough prediction to make because both Karolina and Felice present impressive fight IQs. Felice will have an edge if the action goes to the ground. Based on striking pedigree, however, I’m leaning toward Karolina by decision.


IDREES: Both women are quality fighters but are not known for their finishing abilities. Karolina should be able to outwork Herrig, but don’t expect a finish for the Polish fighter as she has not stopped a fight inside the distance in almost four years.


TERENCE: These girls seem to be going in opposite directions- Herrig rising and KK falling. The striking advantage is about even with a slight edge to KK. The ground game goes to Herrig. KK has fought for the title and Herrig is trying to get there. I think she Will get past KK this time. Herrig by 2nd round submission.


STEPHEN: Karolina Kowalkiewicz is one of the best in the Women’s Strawweight division. She has proven she can hang with some of the best. Her only 2 losses are against Former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and title contender Claudia Gadelha. Kowalkiewicz beat champions Rose Namajunas at UFC 201. She is just one win away from another shot at the Strap. Felice Herrig is on a 4 fight win streak. She has improved mightily in her recent fights. Kowalkiewicz will be her toughest test to date though. If she wins it won’t be standing up. She needs to make this fight dirty and take Karolina down. 


NICK: I really love both these ladies! I’ve been so impressed Herrig and I really give her a lot of credit— she did a complete 180 with her career when people thought she was close to retiring.  She continues to improve with every fight and has shown that she is to be taken seriously. On the other hand, we have Karolina who is one of my personal favorites. KK sets a grueling pace and is surprisingly strong. She has a great chin and always moves forward. In what I believe is a great match-up, I have KK outworking Herrig for a decision W.



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