Kowalkiewicz Doesn’t Need To Damage ‘Idol’ Michelle Waterson At UFC Philly

To not be overshadowed by Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje tomorrow night time (Sat., Mar. 30, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 2 from inside Wells Fargo Heart in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a important card scrap between ladies’s strawweight contenders Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Michelle Waterson.

As two of most seasoned and gifted fighters at 115 kilos, Kowalkiewicz and Waterson are at all times just a few wins away from locking down a shot at UFC gold. Waterson’s title aspirations could also be extra related on the heels of a two-fight win streak, however Kowalkiewicz, who’s coming off a crippling knockout defeat to present title challenger Jessica Andrade, has already fought for a UFC title and understands the street traveled to get there.

A matchup this weekend towards Waterson is a large likelihood for Kowalkiewicz to regain some momentum within the strawweight division and cease herself from falling additional down the proverbial ladder. Kowalkiewicz’s matchup with “Karate Hottie” isn’t essentially one she enjoys, however the Polish veteran understands the magnitude of the state of affairs.

“I feel it’s an excellent match-up,” Kowalkiewicz stated throughout a UFC Philadelphia media scrum earlier this week. “However I actually like Michelle, and I don’t need to damage her, and I’ve to. So it’s a really robust combat for me.”

“I do know Michelle is a superb fighter, an excellent particular person,” she continued. “She’s one in all my idols, and it is a huge honor for me, to combat together with her.”

“She’s a mom, and she or he’s nonetheless combating. All her profession, she’s on the highest. It’s one thing wonderful.”

All respect apart, Kowalkiewicz vs. Waterson ought to be an absolute privilege to observe. Each fighters have produced memorable moments inside the Octagon and ought to be on excessive alert once they compete on ESPN for the very first time.

For Kowalkiewicz, it’s the proper alternative to show the web page on her latest knockout loss to Andrade and focus her consideration on the issues forward.

“I can not change my previous, so I’m targeted on my future, on my subsequent combat,” stated Kowalkiewicz. “I don’t take into consideration my combat with Jessica.”

Kowalkiewicz, who defined that she realized to “hold my arms up” after her loss to Andrade, already holds a key victory over present UFC ladies’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. Ought to she get previous Waterson this weekend in Philadelphia it’ll do wonders for the 33-year-old’s divisional inventory getting into the second quarter of 2019.

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