Jedrzejczyk-Kowalkiewicz, Tate-Pennington Set for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 23, 2016


UFC 205 has another title fight, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend the strawweight belt against Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a battle of Polish rivals.

Promotional officials announced the contest on Friday, as well as a bantamweight clash pitting ex-champ Miesha Tate against Raquel Pennington. UFC 205 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 12 and is also expected to include a welterweight championship tilt between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. The card will be announced in its entirety at a press conference on Tuesday.

Jedrzejczyk and Kowalkiewicz squared off in an amateur bout in 2012, with the reigning 115-pound queen earning a first-round submission triumph. Jedrzejczyk is 12-0 as a professional, including title defenses against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau and Claudia Gadelha.

Kowalkiewicz is 10-0 as a pro and 3-0 in the Octagon. After a split-decision triumph against Rose Namajunas in her most recent outing at UFC 201, the 30-year-old Top Team Lodz representative called for a future showdown with her rival in the Empire State.

“I hope I will fight with Joanna in New York. She always says that I’m not on her level,” Kowalkiewicz said after UFC 201. “I hope now I showed everybody that I can fight with her. I am ready; I hope she’s ready.”

Tate will return for the first time since losing the bantamweight strap to Amanda Nunes via first-round submission at UFC 200. Prior to that, “Cupcake” had been on a five-fight winning streak that included a fifth-round tapout of Holly Holm at UFC 196 to claim 135-pound gold.

Pennington, meanwhile, has won three straight and four of her last five in the Las Vegas-based promotion. Most recently, “Rocky” earned a three-round verdict over Elizabeth Phillips at UFC 202 on Aug. 20.

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