Karolina Kowalkiewicz Admits She Planned MMA Retirement With UFC Vegas 56 Loss

    ByRoss Markey

    Jun 9, 2022
    Karolina Kowalkiewicz

    Lodz native, Karolina Kowalkiewicz has revealed that she would have most definitely hung up her gloves from professional mixed martial arts last weekend at UFC Vegas 56 – should she have suffered defeat in her rematch against Felice Herrig.

    Kowalkiewicz, who previously challenged for undisputed UFC strawweight gold back in 2016, managed to scrub and stop her five-fight skid in the organization, defeating two-time opponent, Herrig with a masterful second round rear-naked choke victory.

    The victory came as Kowalkiewicz’s first since a prior split decision win over Herrig, with the Illinois native herself confirming her retirement from professional mixed martial arts with her second career defeat to the Pole.

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    Karolina Kowalkiewicz plans to compete for another two years at least

    A former KSW flyweight champion, Kowalkiewicz admitted that if the shoe was on the other foot, she would most definitely have ended her professional career following a loss at UFC Vegas 56 – after previously contemplating a career curtain off the back of her August submission loss to Jessica Penne.

    “Yes,” Karolina Kowalkiewicz told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour when asked if a UFC Vegas 56 loss would have resulted in her retirement from the sport. “I didn’t say this to nobody.”

    “Yes, I had a really bad moment in that time and I thought maybe it was time to finish with MMA,” Karolina Kowalkiewicz said. “But after a few months, after a few weeks when I fought and everything, no, I cannot finish with MMA because I love it. Not yet, not yet. Two (more) years for sure, I want to fight.”

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    Entering the UFC off the back of a seven-fight winning spree to begin her professional record, Kowalkiewicz debuted with a pair of victories over both Randa Markos, and Heather Jo Clark – before earning a strawweight title fight against former two-time titleholder, Rose Namajunas with a split decision win. 

    Competing against compatriot and now-training partner, Joanna Jedrzejczyk as part of a title tripleheader at UFC 205 in November 2016, Kowalkiewicz suffered a unanimous decision loss to the Muay Thai star.