Breaking Down Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Posted by BAFC on 24.04.18 17:57  

Karolina KowalkiewiczLet’s talk Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, number 4 ranked UFC straw-weight contender. More popularly known as the Polish Princess abroad Kowalkiewicz trains out of Shark Top Team with a respectful 14-2 professional mixed martial art record.

One of Kowalkiewicz most Notable accolades comes by way of KSW (Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki) Poland’s premier mma organization - where Kowalkiewicz reigned as the women’s flyweight champion.

Kowalkiewicz suffered her first loss by the hand of Poland’s very own and former UFC straw-weight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk via rear naked choke at Amatorska Liga MMA 18.

We scoured the internet for footage but to no avail. The source: Amatorska Liga MMA reports that the footage had been lost via their Facebook page.

With a remarkable record of 14-2, Kowalkiewicz has sustained 2 losses in her professional career. Most interesting however, is that she went 10-0 before again meeting her arch-nemesis Joanna Jędrzejczyk UFC 205. Her second loss was handed down once again at UFC 212 against Claudia Gadelha via rear naked choke.

Kowalkiewicz fight style is aggressive in nature, but she also has speed and a keen sense of range, enabling her to strike and counter almost at ease. She also has one of the best jabs among her female fighter counterparts on top of being as mentally tough as she is physical in the cage.

Within the realm of the UFC Kowalkiewicz has defeated the likes of Randa Markos, Heather Jo Clark and surprisingly Rose Namajunas (albeit split decision).

Whats is most disturbing is that Kowalkiewicz fight style has not evolved since turning pro athlete. She still depends heavily on her right hand and uses combinations to close the  distance, clinch, elbow and throw knees.

If you compare the fight styles between Kowalkiewicz and Jędrzejczyk's there are more than just a few similarities and although Karolina's split decision win over Namajunas earned her a crack at the champ - it would be Namajunas who would walk away with a blueprint to defeat the self proclaimed Queen of MMA.

It is said that styles make fights and while Kowalkiewicz walked away defeated under UFC 205, she redeemed her self with a win over Felice Herrig using the same style that garnered her the 10-0 record earlier in her career. So, is it a coincidence that she struggles with fighters that have championship caliber skills? It's not. It's just that fighters like Torres, Vanzant, Namajunas and Herrig have had to evolve and in doing so have become valid threats to women who are title shot contenders and belt holders.

Kowalkiewicz still has some growing to do. The next match up should be Kowalkiewicz vs Gadelha. The winner here fights Rose Namajunas. It wouldn't be frowned upon to see a third grudge match against Gadelha. It seems as though we might see a rematch between Kowalkiewicz and Namajunas.


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